Clay Buchholz is hoping to pitch again this season after platelet-rich plasma injection


Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz is hopeful that he’ll be able to pitch again this season after a follow-up visit to Dr. James Andrews.

About three weeks ago Dr. Andrews advised Buchholz to avoid surgery for his injured elbow and instead gave him a platelet-rich plasma injection, which has worked well enough for him to resume throwing.

Buchholz hasn’t pitched since July 10, so he’ll have to build back his arm strength while also avoiding any setbacks–some pitchers still need surgery after initially trying platelet-rich plasma injections–but September action with the Red Sox is now possible.

And that could prove key, because the Red Sox hold a $13 million team option for 2016 on Buchholz, who had a 3.26 ERA and 107/23 K/BB ratio in 113 innings before being shut down.

Video: Austin Hedges gets a homer with an alley-oop assist from Mallex Smith

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The Padres’ Austin Hedges hit a fun home run in last night’s game against the Mariners.

He was facing M’s reliever Cory Gearrin with two outs in the sixth and drove one to deep right center. Padres outfielder Mallex Smith ranged back, leapt — though he didn’t have to — the ball doinked off his glove, and went over the fence for an alley-oop homer.

The best part was Hedges chuckling and, I think anyway, kinda tipping his cap to Smith. For his part, Smith sat on the ground and looked rather disgusted about it all. Which, you can’t really blame him:

It was the second time in three days such a homer was hit. On Sunday Dexter Fowler did the same courtesy to Noah Syndergaard.

Now, can someone tell me why these aren’t four-base errors? There’s probably a reason but, really, there’s no way these were dingers without the unintended help of the outfielder.