Probably the most gifted pitcher in terms of their stuff that the Boston Red Sox have is Clay Buchholz. This is the guy who threw a no-hitter in his second ever start. This is also the same guy who absolutely dominated batters last season until injuries took over. So, what is going on with him this season?
Right now, he has been knocked around worse than any other time in his career. He insists that there is nothing wrong, and John Farrell says that there is nothing wrong. However, we keep on hearing about needing to work on his arm strength, which is a little bit alarming to hear. I understand that the season is still very young, but shouldn’t some of these issues have been addressed during Spring Training? And why is arm strength a possible issue barely three weeks into the season?
It has also been mentioned that perhaps he is having some sort of shoulder concern, which is even more disturbing to hear. One almost wishes that if he is having an injury, that it was of the Tommy John variety. That has become so commonplace at this point that most pitchers bounce back from that within a year or so. The list is a lot shorter for pitchers with shoulder injuries.
Boston has a tough decision to face this year regarding the future of Jon Lester. He is a free agent at the end of this season, and the Red Sox seem to be dragging their heels. Boston needs to figure out what is going on with Buchholz, and quickly. A rotation without Lester or Buchholz doesn’t hold much promise for any kind of winning season.
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