Clay Buchholz leaves start with hyperextended knee

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Clay Buchholz, a candidate to start for the AL in next month’s All-Star Game, was forced out of his start Saturday against the Giants in the second inning after hyperextending his left knee running the bases.
It looks like Boston’s second pitching casualty that’s a direct result of interleague play. Josh Beckett originally hurt his back last month taking batting practice in preparation for his starts in NL parks.
Buchholz’s injury probably isn’t particularly serious, and it should help that the injury isn’t to the leg he uses to push off the mound. If he does need to miss some time, the Red Sox could bring left-hander Felix Doubront back from Triple-A. Doubront made one start earlier this month before Daisuke Matsuzaka returned from the disabled list.

Miles Mikolas open to extension with Cardinals

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Though he has only accumulated just over two years of service time in the major leagues, Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas can become a free agent after the 2019 season due to language in his current two-year, $15.5 million contract. He is open to signing a contract extension with the Cardinals, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Mikolas said, “It’s something that the Cardinals and my agency have to work out – if the numbers work out and everything turns out to be it’s absolutely something that could happen.” His agent, from Octagon, has had discussions with the Cardinals about a framework for an extension.

Mikolas, 30, spent the 2015-17 seasons pitching for the Yomiuri Giants in the Japan Central League. He had great results, which he was able to leverage into a contract back in the U.S. Last season, his first in the majors since 2014, he finished sixth in NL Cy Young balloting and earned a spot on the NL All-Star roster. The right-hander went 18-4 with a 2.83 ERA and a 146/29 K/BB ratio in 200 2/3 innings.

This coming season, Mikolas will be part of a starting rotation that also includes Carlos Martínez, Jack Flaherty, Michael Wacha, and Adam Wainwright.