Clay Buchholz diagnosed with esophagitis, out indefinitely

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The Red Sox finally have a diagnosis on right-hander Clay Buchholz, who was sent to the hospital and placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with was being described as a “gastro-intestinal illness.”

According to beat writer Tim Britton of the Providence Journal the 27-year-old starter has esophagitis, “which led to an erosion of the esophagus and an associated gastrointestinal bleed.” He’s expected to make a full recovery, but there is no mapped-out timetable for his return to major league action.

Buchholz has registered a 5.53 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 58/34 K/BB ratio in 86 1/3 innings this season.

Mariners claim Kaleb Cowart off waivers from Angels

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The Mariners announced that the club claimed Kaleb Cowart off waivers from the Angels. Interestingly, the Mariners list Cowart as both an outfielder and a right-handed pitcher. Cowart has never pitched professionally, but the Mariners will try him as a two-way player next season, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. Cowart was a highly regarded pitcher in high school.

Cowart, 26, has played all over the field, spending most of his time at third base and second base, but also logging a handful of innings at first base, shortstop, and left field.  He hasn’t hit much at all, owning a career .177/.241/.293 triple-slash line across 380 plate appearances in the big leagues. It makes sense to try another angle.

Shohei Ohtani, of course, is helping to popularize the rebirth of the two-way player. In his first year in the majors after having played in Japan for five years, Ohtani won the AL Rookie of the Year Award by posting a .925 OPS in 367 plate appearances along with a 3.31 ERA over 10 starts. Don’t expect Cowart to hit those lofty numbers, but additional versatility could prolong his life in the majors.