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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Clay Buchholz reportedly dealing with ‘physical issues’ in advance of World Series

Clay-Buchholz-Red-SoxBoston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz is reportedly dealing with some discomfort as his team prepares to face the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. According to’s Rob Bradford, a source suggested the right-hander is working through some “physical issues” but is still expected to start in either Game 3 or Game 4.

Buchholz started Game 2 of the ALCS, but Red Sox manager John Farrell has decided to slide John Lackey in for Game 2 of the World Series. Farrell brushed any injury talk aside and said he simply didn’t want Lackey having too many days off between starts.

“Everything is OK [with Buchholz], we fully expect he and Jake to be pitching on the weekend in St. Louis,” Farrell said Tuesday. “[The decision was made based on] the way [Lackey] came out of his game over in Detroit, and not allowing too many days of rest to get away from that previous start of his. … That’s the primary reason to get John back in there in Game 2.”

Speculation began building about a potential injury on Tuesday, when left-hander Felix Doubront threw a simulated game under the watch of Farrell and Red Sox GM Ben Cherington. He then threw a side session with pitching coach Juan Nieves looking on. Doubront started 27 games for Boston during the regular season but has be relegated to a long relief role for the postseason.

If this were any other pitcher, Red Sox fans probably wouldn’t be concerned. Buchholz has a lengthy history of injuries and missed roughly half of the 2013 regular season with a shoulder/neck injury after going 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA to start the season. Having to insert Doubront into a starting role would be less than ideal for Boston.

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