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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 WEEI.com’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.

Boys in the Hall: Does Clay Buchholz have a shot at Cooperstown?

Clay Buchholz was on the disabled list for a large stretch of the season, but the Boston Red Sox starting pitcher was looking like a Cy Young contender until a shoulder/neck injury derailed him in June. Buchholz started the season 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA, and was one of the finest pitchers in the American League. He was finally putting everything together for the Red Sox, which has led us to consider whether or not he has a shot at the Hall of Fame.

SUBWAY® is celebrating “The Boys in the Hall” and asked us to discuss Buchholz’s chances of reaching Cooperstown. Though Buchholz has been a good pitcher the past four seasons, we have to say the 29-year-old is a major longshot for the Hall at this point.

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Clay Buchholz accused of doctoring baseball, denies he is cheating

Clay Buccholz forearm

Clay Buchholz has been the best starting pitcher in baseball this season, and some think he is cheating to gain an unfair advantage.

After the Red Sox pitcher improved to 6-0 on the season following Boston’s 10-1 win in Toronto on Wednesday night, accusations came from Blue Jays broadcaster Dirk Hayhurst that Buchholz was doctoring the baseball with a substance he kept on his forearm (seen above).

“This was substantial. You could see it slathered on there,” Hayhurst wrote in another tweet.

Then on his radio show on Fan 590 in Toronto (listen here at the 11:00 mark), Hayhurst said that Buchholz “absolutely” is cheating.

Hayhurst is a former MLB pitcher and seems to be an expert on the subject. Hayhurst wrote a column for Yahoo! Sports last year in which he said the art of doctoring the baseball is alive and well.

Buchholz has gone at least seven innings in each of his starts this year. He has allowed just 27 hits, five runs, and 16 walks in 44.2 innings while striking out 47. He responded to the accusation by saying the substance on his forearm was rosin.

“There’s a rosin bag behind the mound and it’s there for everybody to use every inning after our warm-up,” Buchholz told MassLive.com on Thursday. “Put rosin on my arm throughout the game. Sweat, water, whatever. … Sometimes I put a little thing of water on my hip just to get moisture on your hands ‘cause sometimes the balls that they throw to you feel like cue balls off a pool table. Got to find a way to get grip. But yeah, I mean, definitely no foreign objects or substances on my arm.”

So what do you think? Based on the screenshot shown by SportsNet Canada, it doesn’t look like Buchholz was using rosin. Maybe Buchholz partially owes his Pitcher of the Month award for April to Eddie Harris.

H/T CBS Boston

Introducing Clay Buchholz’s Latest Chick Lindsay Clubine

Clay Buchholz may just be a young pitcher in this league but he’s already established quite a solid dating record. The guy was last seen with a Penthouse model because well, if you have the means … why not? His dad was pretty proud of him for that pull, but we’re not sure how he feels about the breakup. Still, whatever confidence Clay lost from the broken relationship and from being demoted to the minors this year he certainly has made up for with his latest pull. As the Boston Globe reported, “The pitching prospect was arm-in-arm over the weekend with “Deal or No Deal” model Lindsay Clubine” at David Ortiz’s inaugural celebrity golf tournament in the Dominican Republic. So just who is Deal or No Deal model, Lindsay Clubine? Let’s find out …