Buchholz has not pitched since June 8, but appeared close to returning to the Red Sox rotation before the All-Star break. The starter, however, felt discomfort in his neck while tossing a bullpen session and shut his throwing program down.
The pain in his neck frustrated Buccholz, so he wanted a second opinion from the noted orthopedist. Andrews confirmed the team's original diagnosis; nothing is significantly wrong the Buchholz's right shoulder or neck, and the pain he is feeling is normal during a recovery from the inflammation.
Boston manager John Farrell discussed the injury with Ian Browne and Michael Periatt of MLB.com, telling the reporters that Buchholz feels confident to continue treating his neck pain if it arises instead of shutting down his rehab:
"Most important, Clay comes back with a little more peace of mind, and he'll continue on the throwing program that's been already put in place. He's coming off a good day of throwing yesterday -- out to 100 feet with greater intensity. He's traveling back here tonight, so he'll be at the park tomorrow."
Buchholz has pitched well when healthy. He started the season 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA.