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.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”