BOSTON (WGGB) — It was a magical first half for Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz, but it now looks as if his start to the second half will be delayed even further.
Manager John Farrell told media on Thursday that Buchholz’s scheduled bullpen session was scrated, due to lingering soreness that returned just before the All-Star break.
Buchholz (9-0) has been nursing bursitis in his right shoulder since June. His issues resurfaced during Boston’s series in Oakland and kept him from even picking up a baseball while at Citi Field for the All-Star Game.
Buchholz will be re-examined Friday by team doctors, while Ferrell and his staff put together a new timetable for his return. A previous MRI revealed the bursitis at the end of June, but did not show structural damage.
Ferrell said Buchholz is not scheduled for an MRI during Friday’s visit, according to ESPN. He will be downgraded to throwing off flat ground when he begins his return again.
Buchholz had just two starts in the month of June, winning both, but going less than seven innings in each outing.
However, the Red Sox won’t look to rush him back, as they sit atop the AL East with baseball’s best record and the most run support in the league.
Buchholz has been nearly untouchable, sporting a 1.70 ERA and 81 strikeouts on the year. There’s no denying Ferrell would love to throw the starter in their upcoming series, as Buchholz has a stingy 0.75 ERA in two starts against the Yankees this year.
He has allowed just 3 total runs against division opponents this season.