The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Red Sox RHP Buchholz to test ailing knee in bullpen session, then team decides on next start

  • Print

ATLANTA - Struggling Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz will test out an ailing knee during a bullpen session Wednesday in Boston, then find out when he'll make his next start.

Buchholz set a career high with eight walks and allowed six runs in only three-plus innings Monday before Boston rallied to beat Atlanta 8-6, ending a 10-game losing streak.

On Tuesday, manager John Farrell revealed that Buchholz remained in the game after his left knee buckled.

"So we've got to make sure that he gets through his bullpen tomorrow," Farrell said, adding he wants to be certain "that knee, where he felt like it was a little hyperextended, doesn't persist or show any further soreness."

Farrell said Buchholz initially denied that his knee buckled when catcher A.J. Pierzynski went to the mound.

"He didn't want that to be any part of the reason of why he pitched the way he did," Farrell said. "But we've got to be conscious of it and see how he comes through the bullpen tomorrow."

Buchholz is 2-4 with a 7.02 ERA in 10 starts. It's a dramatic decline from 2013, when he was 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA.

Farrell confirmed Buchholz's self-confidence is a concern as a decision is made on his next start.

"We can't deny that," Farrell said. "We haven't made a definitive decision on his next turn through the rotation."

"We're not blind to what everyone sees. And yes, there is concern because you're talking about a guy that was on his way to potentially a Cy Young year last year and now he's only shown flashes of it, either inside a given game or for a given start."

Buchholz said he is having trouble sticking with progress made on his mechanics in the bullpen before games "when you're out there thinking about getting big league hitters out."

"It's not fun, I know that. ... It seems to be snowballing on me right now."

Asked after Monday's game if it would help if he were given a break from the rotation, Buchholz said "I'm going to take the ball whenever they give it to me. ... If I wasn't healthy, that might be an option."

Farrell said he still sees flashes of Buchholz's old form.

"That's the thing that personally I continue to latch on to," Farrell said. "Because there's been a couple of starts where he's been very strong. Yesterday he makes an adjustment in the first inning, he carries it through the second inning and then seemingly he loses it again. So I can't say that' it's strictly mechanical or from a fundamental standpoint."

___

AP freelance writer Amy Jinkner-Lloyd contributed to this report.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Stuart Murray announces musical RightsFest for CMHR opening weekend

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Carolyn Kavanagh(10) had this large dragonfly land on her while spending time at Winnetka Lake, Ontario. photo by Andrea Kavanagh (mom0 show us your summer winnipeg free press
  • Young goslings jostle for position to take a drink from a puddle in Brookside Cemetery Thursday morning- Day 23– June 14, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

How surpised are you by the Bombers’ 4-1 start to the season?

View Results

Ads by Google