The Boston Red Sox have been missing the services of right-hand starting pitcher Clay Buchholz for a few weeks now and his rehabilitation process from a nagging shoulder injury isn’t improving as quickly as the organization once thought.
In fact, it’s now being reported that Dr. James Andrews is encouraging Buchholz to be cautious in his rehab or fear that he may not pitch again this season. Buchholz apparently attempted to rush back from the injury, but it has become aggravated in the process. The Red Sox and Buchholz especially, need to be patient because Boston will need him when the time is right.
There are still over two months remaining in the major league baseball regular season and the Red Sox have found themselves in a dog fight within the American League East. That however, will not change, the division is just talented and too top heavy to suggest otherwise. The Red Sox are going to need Buchholz once playoff time arrives and they cannot afford to lose him to a nagging injury simply because he is trying to return to the mound too early.
Allowing Buchholz to recover and take the time necessary to solve his shoulder discomfort will be crucial. While the push to stay atop the division is now, that’s a memo that will probably remain the same through the grueling months of August and September. Boston simply needs to survive without him until he is comfortable enough to return. Losing him for the season should not be an option — Buchholz needs to take the time that is necessary.
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