As if the recent poor form of the Boston Red Sox wasn’t enough, they received three pieces of bad news on the injury front on Sunday.
Clay Buchholtz, currently on the DL with a neck strain, threw some flat ground work before the rubber match against the Detroit Tigers, but it didn’t go well. Originally expected to come off the DL and start on Tuesday, Buchholtz still felt pain and now has no time frame for his return. A minor league rehab assignment is expected before we see him toe the rubber again for the Red Sox.
On a recent ESPN Fantasy Focus Baseball podcast, Stephania Bell raised some concern about Buchholtz, stating the shoulder pain from last season, the strained AC joint in May, and the current neck strain just might be a sign of long term struggles for the Red Sox hurler.
In the Saturday night loss to the Tigers, lefty Franklin Morales made just his sixth appearance of the season and promptly left the game with shoulder discomfort so he is likely headed back to the DL. I have documented the struggles of the Red Sox bullpen, and this is just another in the long list of injuries and/or poor performances.
As if the pitching issues weren’t enough, outfielder Shane Victorino left Sunday’s game with a sore back after running into a wall to make an inning ending grab. The extent of the injury is not yet known, but the fact that Daniel Nava had to pinch hit and finish the game in right for Victorino isn’t a good sign.
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