Clay Buchholz after taking a 6-4 loss to the Blue Jays on July 23. Photo by
This is the first week of the Red Sox offseason, and there has already been a surgery. On Tuesday, RHP Clay Buchholz had a knee surgery that repaired a torn meniscus in his right knee. The procedure took place at Massachusetts General Hospital and Dr. Pete Asnis handled it. Buchholz is expected to have a full recovery during this offseason.
On Monday, Ben Cherington and John Farrell addressed the media regarding the 2014 season. Clay Buchholz's surgery was mentioned when Cherington talked about injuries. Even though the Red Sox pitcher had the worst season of his career and was one of the biggest disappointments of this season, Cherington said that the injury was not a cause for the right-hander performance.
Clay Buchholz pitched the last game of the season and ended this year with a 5.34 ERA, 8 wins, 11 losses and 170.1 innings pitched. The 30-year old pitcher became the leader of the starting rotation during the second half of the season when the Red Sox traded Jon Lester and John Lackey. He is under contract for the next season and has 2 option years.
Do you think Buchholz's surgery will lead him to a better season next year? How important is his health if the Red Sox add more and better pitchers to the rotation? Leave your comments below.