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Red Sox daring Buchholz to return?

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07:11 AM ET 07.23 | Your move, Clay Buchholz, who on Monday was examined by the renowned Dr. James Andrews. [Andrews] concurred with the Red Sox' diagnosis that the All-Star right-hander is suffering from nothing more sinister than inflammation in his throwing shoulder. Andrews also assured Buchholz that he can't do additional damage to his shoulder if he pushes through the soreness he has been feeling when he attempts to throw from a mound. "I think he's got more of an understanding of what he's experiencing," said manager John Farrell, who added that Andrews told Buchholz that the soreness "isn't injury-related" but rather associated with not having pitched for the past six weeks. ... And so, the onus shifts to Buchholz, who has insisted he won't pitch again until he feels 100 percent.

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July 23, 2013  07:32 AM ET

Trade him.

July 23, 2013  07:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Trade him.

For ARoid ?????

July 23, 2013  08:25 AM ET

Two months on the DL with a stiff neck. There's a gamer for ya.

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July 23, 2013  10:22 AM ET
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If his neck has been fubar for two months something is up. I know that it took 6 months and 4 different physicians to figure out why my back was killing me 15 years ago. One blood test (for a genetic marker) by the 4th one and voila, a correct diagnosis and the proper medication and the issue is under control.

Buchholz is not making this stuff up. Generals love frontal assaults as long as they watch it from afar.

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July 23, 2013  11:59 AM ET
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Well, a dead General is of no use to anybody.

Unless he was a bad general, then it is called addition by subtraction.

July 23, 2013  12:00 PM ET

IF he goes out there and gets rocked a few games, how is that a help to them? He has pitched big games for them and done well, I would not question him.

July 23, 2013  12:20 PM ET
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IF he goes out there and gets rocked a few games, how is that a help to them? He has pitched big games for them and done well, I would not question him.

That could happen to him when he's healthy too.

July 23, 2013  02:48 PM ET

It's good to see Pedroia come to terms with the Red Sox on a 7yr/$100M deal that starts in 2015.

July 23, 2013  05:58 PM ET

Good for him, hope he stays healthy!!!

July 23, 2013  06:09 PM ET

some people's children

July 23, 2013  06:10 PM ET

I double dog dare you.

July 23, 2013  09:02 PM ET

This is a guy who works in the same city as Patrice Bergeron and Gregory Campbell. He ought to be forced to pitch in a dress for the rest of his career.

July 23, 2013  09:03 PM ET

Or maybe garters, like the great Nuke Laloosh

July 23, 2013  09:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Unless he was a bad general, then it is called addition by subtraction.

There you go.

July 23, 2013  09:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

This is a guy who works in the same city as Patrice Bergeron and Gregory Campbell. He ought to be forced to pitch in a dress for the rest of his career.

This^

 
July 23, 2013  09:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

If his neck has been fubar for two months something is up. I know that it took 6 months and 4 different physicians to figure out why my back was killing me 15 years ago. One blood test (for a genetic marker) by the 4th one and voila, a correct diagnosis and the proper medication and the issue is under control.

1) I have back issues as well. Never heard of a medication that actually solved or cured the condition. All they can give you is some exotic form of anti-inflammatory. Or shoot cortizone and steroids into nagging joints. "Fixing" a back problem requires physical treatment to make sure the msucles, tendons, etc are not shortened or shortening, using massage to eliminate inflammation and making sure the joints are actually in motion. The same elements of treatment are what is needed for healthy necks and shoulders. That said, Buchholz should be getting regular treatment from a very skilled trainer/chiro/therapist ... massaging the inflammation out and making sure his joints are moving properly.

2) I'm not one of those fans who call players "fragile." I can't stand the fans who call Ellsbury "fragile." He had two fluke collisions with other players. Then was originally misdiagnosed pertaining to his rib injuries.

The issue with Buchholz ... he's been to a number of specialists. He's gone through the entire Red Sox medical team (which is almost 100% brand new after they felt they had issues with the staff) and he's gone through almost half a dozen specialists. Who have all told him the same thing.

What is he going to do in two weeks if he still feels twinges of pain? He won't pitch? What if he never feels fully 100% this season? Is he never going to pitch another game for the Red Sox this season? How can the Red Sox schedule and plan around that? They can't.

Buchholz has to man up ... or they should trade him. Honestly, he may be letting this injury get into his head because he's feeling the pressure of being the ace for the Boston Red Sox and the all the scrutiny that comes with (along with being accused of cheating). He may be using this, subconsciously, to force the Red Sox to let him go ... so he doesn't have to deal with the pressure.

I don't know. It's just a very very odd situation. This guy needs to pull his skirt up.

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