The Clay Buchholz trapezius saga took another wrong turn Tuesday afternoon. The Boston Red Sox right-hander had to stop his bullpen session after just 15-18 pitches because of discomfort in his throwing shoulder, and is headed for an MRI Wednesday to make sure it is still just the trapezius muscle giving him problems, reports Alex Speier of WEEI.
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Buchholz, 28, has not taken the hill for the Red Sox since June 8, and was officially put on the disabled list with a neck strain last week. The move to the DL was designed to give the right-hander three extra days of rest before making his triumphant return to the mound on Tuesday, but it wasn't to be. Buchholz proved unready to throw his simulated game on Saturday, so the Red Sox were forced to push back his return to Boston.
With Buchholz now unable to make it through a bullpen session without discomfort, his return date is very much up in the air. Buchholz told manager John Farrell that he does not want to return to the mound until he knows that he is "100 percent." If the MRI results determine that it is still the same trapezius issue, then he'll just have to take things slow and steady to get to that point.
When Buchholz is cleared to throw again, he'll have to make a minor-league rehab start or two before rejoining the club. The right-hander owns a 9-0 record and an MLB-best 1.71 earned-run average through his first 12 starts this season.