Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz

Red Sox shut down Clay Buchholz for the season

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Clay Buchholz had hoped to return from an elbow injury to pitch at least once in September, but the Red Sox have officially shut him down for the remainder of the season with a right flexor strain.

Dr. James Andrews advised Buchholz to avoid surgery and instead gave him a platelet-rich plasma injection to aid the healing process, so the Red Sox are hoping he’ll enter 2016 healthy. Boston holds a $13 million team option on Buchholz, which figures to be exercised if he checks out well medically.

Prior to going on the disabled list Buchholz had a 3.26 ERA and 107/23 K/BB ratio in 113 innings, bouncing back from a rough 2014 season to re-establish himself as a front-line starter at age 30.

Red Sox not sure Clay Buchholz will return before the end of the season

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Per Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe, the Red Sox are unsure starter Clay Buchholz will return before the end of the 2015 regular season. The right-hander has been on the shelf since July 11 with a right flexor strain. He was supposed to resume throwing two weeks ago, but has yet to pick up a baseball.

Buchholz hit the disabled list with a 3.26 ERA and a 107/23 K/BB ratio in 113 1/3 innings. He may have some incentive to try and come back before the end of the season, as he can potentially become a free agent if the Red Sox opt against picking up his $13 million option for 2016.

Clay Buchholz is hoping to pitch again this season after platelet-rich plasma injection

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Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz is hopeful that he’ll be able to pitch again this season after a follow-up visit to Dr. James Andrews.

About three weeks ago Dr. Andrews advised Buchholz to avoid surgery for his injured elbow and instead gave him a platelet-rich plasma injection, which has worked well enough for him to resume throwing.

Buchholz hasn’t pitched since July 10, so he’ll have to build back his arm strength while also avoiding any setbacks–some pitchers still need surgery after initially trying platelet-rich plasma injections–but September action with the Red Sox is now possible.

And that could prove key, because the Red Sox hold a $13 million team option for 2016 on Buchholz, who had a 3.26 ERA and 107/23 K/BB ratio in 113 innings before being shut down.

Carlos Ruiz caught his fourth no-hitter, tying Jason Varitek’s record

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Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz caught his fourth no-hitter on Saturday when Cole Hamels dominated the Cubs at Wrigley Field. That ties him with former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek for the major league record in no-hitters caught, per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki.

The no-hitters:

  • May 29, 2010: Roy Halladay vs. Florida Marlins (1-0)
  • October 6, 2010: Roy Halladay vs. Cincinnati Reds in NLDS Game 1 (4-0)
  • September 1, 2014: Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles, Jonathan Papelbon vs. Atlanta Braves (7-0)
  • July 25, 2015: Cole Hamels vs. Chicago Cubs (5-0)

Varitek caught Hideo Nomo against the Orioles in 2001, Derek Lowe against the Devil Rays in 2002, Clay Buchholz against the Orioles in 2007, and Jon Lester against the Royals in 2008.

Ruiz, 36, has drawn considerable praise for his ability to handle a pitching staff and call a game. He famously developed a strong bond with Halladay during their four years as teammates, as Halladay routinely praised Ruiz effusively. Halladay also made this hilarious commercial for the MLB 2K11 video game:

Ruiz has had a tough 2015 otherwise, however, putting together a .223/.312/.301 triple-slash line with two home runs and 16 RBI in 236 plate appearances. He also has not been as good defensively as he has been in the past.

Clay Buchholz gets platelet-rich plasma injection from Dr. James Andrews

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Clay Buchholz went to Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his strained flexor tendon and the Red Sox right-hander received a platelet-rich plasma injection as a new form of treatment.

The good news is that Dr. Andrews did not advise Buchholz to undergo surgery. The bad news is that his recovery has been halted for what general manager Ben Cherington told Jimmy Toscano of CSNNE.com will be “a few weeks.”

Toscano also notes that Red Sox right-hander Brandon Workman received a platelet-rich plasma injection as treatment for his elbow injury in April and ended up having Tommy John surgery in June, so Buchholz is hardly out of the woods yet.

There’s a strong chance Buchholz has pitched his last game this season, in which case he’d finish the year with a 3.26 ERA and 107/23 K/BB ratio in 113 innings after struggling with a 5.34 ERA in 2014.