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.

Aaron Judge out of Yankees starting lineup for finale after No. 62

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.

When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.

With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.

Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.

“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”

Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”

Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.

Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.