Clay Buchholz has an ERA of 2.28 over his last eight starts. (Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

Clay Buchholz leaves with right elbow tightness in fourth inning

Mike Petraglia
July 10, 2015 - 4:23 pm

Clay Buchholz left Friday's game with just one out in the fourth inning after a conference on the mound with manager John Farrell and trainer Rick Jameyson. An inning later, the club announced the right-hander, red-hot of late, had to leave with right elbow tightness. Buchholz allowed a single to Brian McCann to open the fourth inning before striking out Garrett Jones looking for the first out. But then Didi Gregorius lined a doubled to left-center, putting runners on second and third. After a loud foul ball by Stephen Drew that just missed the Pesky Pole down the right field line, Buchholz threw a pitch that was called a ball. Catcher Sandy Leon went out to visit with Buchholz. Moments later Farrell and Jameyson went out to tend to the pitcher. Buchholz was asked a question and shook his head. Farrell said a few words back and Buchholz left the mound and the game with Jameyson. He was replaced by Robbie Ross, who subsequently allowed three more runs to score thanks to errors from Mike Napoli and Brock Holt. Buchholz was tagged for three runs but just one earned. Buchholz allowed a solo homer to Alex Rodriguez with two out in the first inning to fall behind 1-0. Buchholz was coming off his ninth career complete game last Saturday against the Astros, allowing six hits and one run. Entering Friday night, Buchholz was on a remarkable run, allowing just two earned runs over his last four starts (31 innings), lowering his ERA to 3.27 in the process. Buchholz also took part in his annual bowling event, the "Buchholz Bowl" for his foundation on Monday.