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Andrews was able to confirm the team’s diagnosis of inflammation in the area of Buchholz’s collarbone. This is a relief for the righty as now he can rest a little knowing that there is no risk of further damage after weeks of uncertainty.
"I think he's got more of an understanding of what he's experienced in the progression and the throwing he's done to date since being put on the DL," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "I think that assurance of [knowing] the discomfort he's feeling is not injury-related -- it's more about getting back into game shape -- I would think there would be more of a readiness on his part to push through that."
It has been a whirlwind month for Buchholz. After making his last start on June 8, the Red Sox waited to put him on the disabled list until June 18. Since then, rehab has been difficult and has presented its own set of challenges. Most recently, he threw in Oakland, where his bullpen session had to be cut short because he experienced pain.
Per Farrell, if and when the pain rears its ugly head, Buchholz can treat it and continue on rather than take time off and hope the pain subsides.
"Most importantly, Clay comes back with a little bit more peace of mind and he'll continue on the throwing program with what's already been put in place," Farrell said. "Coming off a good day of throwing yesterday out to 100 feet with greater intensity. He's traveling back here tonight, so back at the park tomorrow."
"Dr. Andrews relayed to him he's going to feel, at times, some stiffness or discomfort just by virtue of getting back in pitching shape. [Andrews] felt as [Buchholz] ramps back up, he's going to experience some of those but it's not -- the root of it -- is not because of an injury. It's more of just reconditioning and getting the throwing arm back in shape."
This is encouraging news on the injury front for one of Boston’s best pitchers on the staff. As baseball “crunch time” grows nearer, Boston will need all their weapons available in order to make sure their October playoff ticket will be punched.