Looking at the calendar it is about that time of year when Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz is either on the disabled list or making some type of rehab.
Buchholz, who had been struggling mightily on the mound this season, has not pitched since the last week of May. He will be making a start for Triple-A Pawtucket of the International League this coming Friday.
Clay has always been somewhat of an enigma. He has excellent stuff and it seemed that bringing John Farrell back as the manager was the final piece in his ascension towards the top of the league’s starting pitchers. A bad back bothered him down the stretch last year, and this season, he has looked a lot like the guy who couldn’t get any hitters out after throwing a no-hitter in his second career start.
His stint on the disabled list is concerning a “knee injury” but we really know that it is just to get his mechanics together. Sure, some may say he really does have pain in his knee, but frankly, this seems like more of a phantom injury than anything else.
The Red Sox will look for Buchholz to toss five innings, or about 70 pitches, in his start for the PawSox this week, and based on how it goes, they may expect him to make two or three more before they bring him back to the big-league roster.
Luckily for Boston, it is their offense that is causing all of the major issues, so Clay can take his time and can bring himself back to form for the stretch-run, where the Sox may be praying for that second Wild Card spot.