Clay Buchholz went to Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his strained flexor tendon and the Red Sox right-hander received a platelet-rich plasma injection as a new form of treatment.
The good news is that Dr. Andrews did not advise Buchholz to undergo surgery. The bad news is that his recovery has been halted for what general manager Ben Cherington told Jimmy Toscano of CSNNE.com will be “a few weeks.”
Toscano also notes that Red Sox right-hander Brandon Workman received a platelet-rich plasma injection as treatment for his elbow injury in April and ended up having Tommy John surgery in June, so Buchholz is hardly out of the woods yet.
There’s a strong chance Buchholz has pitched his last game this season, in which case he’d finish the year with a 3.26 ERA and 107/23 K/BB ratio in 113 innings after struggling with a 5.34 ERA in 2014.
TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.
Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.
If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.
“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”
Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.
The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.
Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.