MASH Unit: Buchholz throws bullpen; Miller second opinion same as the first; Wilson gets good news; Jacoby returns; Victorino out
The Guru Contributing Writer
Clay Buchholz, on the DL with a neck strain, threw a bullpen session Wednesday afternoon in Seattle, the first of two before a planned minor-league rehab start on Sunday. The next bullpen session is scheduled for Friday.
"He had another strong day today," manager John Farrell said. "Long toss, he was aggressive. He got on the mound for a 25-pitch pen. The ball got out of his hand very well. Tomorrow would be a light day for him with just some light catch to get his arm moving. We'd look to repeat today on Friday and possibly a more intense bullpen session."
Buchholz last pitched June 8. Farrell said the team is not sure yet which minor league team Buchholz would join because "we don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves."
Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller, who was diagnosed with a Lisfranc injury earlier this week, went for a second opinion Wednesday. The news was the same. Miller will need season-ending surgery to repair ligaments in his left foot.
Farrell said, "Both [doctors] feel the same issues exist, so the diagnosis is similar. At this point, Andrew is going to determine who's going to do the surgery. Likely at this point it's going to be in Boston."
Miller was one of Boston's most effective relievers this season at 1-2 with a 2.64 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 30 innings.
Reliever Alex Wilson underwent an MRI on his right thumb Wednesday. The news was good as it didn't reveal any damage. Wilson has been diagnosed with joint inflammation. "This is better than we first anticipated," Farrell said. "It was a favorable exam, all things considered." Wilson should be able to resume throwing in four or five days.
Jacoby Ellsbury, who missed the first two games of the Seattle series with a sore left wrist, returned to the Sox lineup Wednesday and had three hits. Ellsbury now has an 18-game hit streak.
"He felt better yesterday," Farrell said. "He hit early. We felt like an additional day down was needed. He doesn’t want to sit out. He wanted to be in the lineup [Tuesday] night. We felt like one additional day would help him through this."
Shane Victorino is expected to have the day off Thursday. The Sox are being cautious as Victorino has spent time on the DL with back and hamstring injuries. "[Thursday] being a day game, we're probably going to give Vic a down day," Farrell said. "That provides an opportunity for Jackie [Bradley Jr.] to be on the field."