The Clay Buchholz injury situation has been all over the place. They say he might start, and then he gets scratched. They say he may or may not go to the disabled list, and he does. Now, the Red Sox are saying that he might be back in the rotation on Tuesday.
“He went out and threw today, out to 100 feet, did some flat ground [work]," John Farrell said yesterday according to Ian Browne for MLB.com. "We're hopeful that he'll get on the mound here in the next day or two. And he'll need to in advance of Tuesday. The ideal scenario would be for him to get an extended bullpen or have some ups and downs in it.”
“At this point, we're still scheduled with him on Tuesday, and yet we've got to get through some specific work sessions over the next couple of days to remain consistent with that.”
If Buchholz were to be back Tuesday, it would help the Sox, who are only 4-6 in their last 10 games, in a big way. Buchholz is 9-0 in 12 starts, but the last time he pitched was almost two weeks ago, on June 9. With other starters like Jon Lester finding themselves in slumps, his presence is very much missed in the rotation.
As for right now, Farrell said that they would try to simulate about three innings in a Saturday side session to prepare for a return on Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies at Fenway.