Early Season Feels like Mid-Season as Boston Red Sox Clay Buchholz Strains Hamstring

By Kevin Lyons


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Here we go again. Clay Buchholz suffered what is being called a ‘mild’ hamstring pull during a simple fielding exercise in Boston Red Sox camp in Fort Myers, Fla. Buchholz missed almost a month of the regular season in 2010 with a strain to his left hamstring, but this preseason, it is his right hamstring.

With the departure of Josh Beckett to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Buchholz is expected to step up to the number two slot in the Red Sox rotation behind Jon Lester.

Buchholz is expected to be re-evaluated later this week and is hoping not to miss a single exhibition start. It is an ominous start being the first day of mandatory workouts for Red Sox pitchers. In 2012, the Red Sox used nine different starters, with those starters posting an atrocious 48-72  record. Various injuries have slowed Buchholz over his career with the Red Sox, from a stress fracture in his back, to stomach issues to fingernail troubles. Since 2008, Buchholz has started 101 games for the Red Sox, or an average of a bit over 20 starts per season.

The Red Sox brought in RHP Ryan Dempster to help solidify the starting rotation. The top five are expected to be Lester, Buchholz, Felix Dubront, John Lackey and Dempster. With the recent history of the starters for the Red Sox, all will need to stay healthy to compete in the American League East.

Buchholz is looking to return to his All Star form of  2010, when the righty posted a 17-7 record with a 2.33 ERA in 28 starts and pitcher of the month honors in the American League for the moth of August that year.


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