By Jeff Louderback
Based on the myriad of injuries the team has incurred over the past four seasons, and how those ailments have been addressed, it is warranted for media and fans alike to respond cynically when the Red Sox downplay any discomfort that a player is experiencing.
Clay Buchholz is a prime example. The right-hander, who is 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA but has been sidelined with a sore trapezius muscle, threw off a mound today for the first time since June 8. The session ended after 18 pitches, and he was sent for an MRI.
That he has not underwent an MRI until now is astonishing, especially since the soreness has lingered. The Red Sox believe that Buchholz “just” has a trapezius issue, yet they have not sent him for an MRI until today.
With Jon Lester struggling, the Red Sox need a healthy Buchholz for the second half. Since the team wants him to complete two bullpen sessions without discomfort, and at least one rehab start, Buchholz might not be ready until after the All-Star break.