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.
- 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 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.
Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz was placed on the disabled list last weekend due to a strained flexor muscle in his throwing elbow. No ligament damage was found, but Buchholz told Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com that he plans to pay a visit to Dr. James Andrews next Wednesday for a second opinion.
“Just for confirmation that everything is feeling basically how they said it was going to be after time off,” said Buchholz. “Hopefully, within the next couple of days, I can get a ball in my hand and start getting back into the shape I need to be able to start.”
In other words, no need for Red Sox fans to panic. Buchholz has already noticed some improvement in his elbow since he was forced to exit his start against the Yankees last Friday, but there’s no clear timetable for his return. We could have a better idea about the plan after he sees Dr. Andrews.
The injury halted what has been an excellent season for Buchholz, who has a 3.26 ERA across 18 starts. He’s averaging career-bests with 8.5 K/9 and 1.8 BB/9.