Boston Red Sox pitcher, Clay Buchholz, will likely miss his start next Saturday. Though the status of his injury is unknown, manager John Farrell said Tuesday that the team is concerned with Buchholz’s left knee.
Buchholz landed on the knee at some point in Monday’s game, apparently causing the concern. Farrell stated that Buchholz’s knee gave out during a pitch at the top of the third inning. Catcher A.J. Pierzynski went to the mound to check on Buchholz, but he waived off any trainers who were thinking of paying him a visit.
Buchholz will throw his scheduled bullpen on Wednesday, upon which the Mariners will make a decision regarding his play time this coming weekend.
“We’ve got to make sure he gets through his bullpen tomorrow, and that that knee, where he felt was a little hyperextended, doesn’t persist or show any soreness,” Farrell said.
During post game interviews, Buccholz did not mention the injury. He simply said, “I’m healthy. If I wasn’t healthy, then skipping a start might be an option in my mind.”
People are starting to wonder if the knee has been a problem for longer than the Mariners wish to disclose. Buccholz is currently in the midst of one of his rockiest careers. Farrell made the following statement in response to these concerns:
“We’re not blind to what everyone sees,” said Farrell. “Yes, there is concern because we’re talking about a guy who was potentially on his way to a Cy Young year last year, and now he’s only showing flashes of it, either inside a given game or for a given start. We continue to search for some consistency of execution of pitches, which might lead to added confidence. He’s not there yet.”
Perhaps taking a DL stint would be best for the pitcher so he could not only rehab his knee, but work on fundamentals of the game that need some fine tuning.