Clay Buchholz

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.