Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz to see Dr. James Andrews for second opinion on elbow

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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.