A few days ago, the Boston Red Sox had a workout at Fenway Park where a surprising scene occured. Felix Doubront was throwing a simulated game, which led to a whole lot of speculation. Many people were asking why.
We now know why. Clay Buchholz is apparently suffering from some sort of arm fatigue, and it is looking pretty shaky as to whether or not he is going to be able to make his start during Game 4 of the World Series. This has become a very strange situation because of all the secrecy involved.
He still hasn’t been entirely ruled out of not playing, but the fact that Doubront was pitching a simulated game makes this seem that much more likely. Why else would he be throwing to begin with? John Farrell had commented before the World Series started that he was going with the same roster that he did in the ALCS, so he certainly hadn’t planned on starting Doubront before all this. He also didn’t have Dempster throwing, so it wasn’t like Doubront was just getting some extra work in.
This could explain why Buchholz has struggled throughout the postseason, although he did pitch well in Game 6 of the ALCS. He may not have been right at all, and now it is getting to the point where he just may not be able to throw. Fortunately, Boston has the depth to add Doubront and still have a quality starter out there.
Buchholz’s fragility may have caught up to him and the Red Sox once again.
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