Clay Buchholz will have what GM Ben Cherington described as a minor right knee procedure. (Getty Images)

Red Sox health updates: Clay Buchholz to undergo right knee procedure; Allen Craig's foot considered a non-issue

September 29, 2014 - 10:03 am
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Red Sox GM Ben Cherington announced that right-hander Clay Buchholz was expected to undergo a minor right knee procedure to repair his meniscus by head team orthopedist Dr. Peter Asnis. Cherington said that Buchholz had been dealing with the issue on and off for some time, though the discomfort hadn't always been present and it was not significant enough to prevent him from pitching. Cherington described the meniscus injury as "not a debilitating issue," and was not at the root of the player's struggles (8-11, 5.34 ER) in 2014. "Given where we are in the calendar, it's a fairly quick recovery. Let's just knock it out and he should have a normal offseason," said Cherington. "It's something that we managed. I think he would tell you it did not affect him. We're just trying to be proactive so it doesn't turn into something bigger." -- Brock Holt will see Dr. Michael Collins in Pittsburgh on Oct. 9 to get clearance that he's recovered fully from his concussion. He won't play in games (that visit will come too late to clear him for fall instructional league), but given that Holt took batting practice and grounders in the final homestand of the season, all parties appear comfortable that he will enter the offseason healthy. -- Mike Napoli is expected to recover from his toe, knee and finger injures with rest. He's also been dealing with sleep apnea for a number of years, with the condition worsening in recent years. The team will work with Napoli to see if that condition can be addressed this offseason. -- David Ortiz (wrist soreness) is expected to be fine with rest. -- Dustin Pedroia's recovery from thumb/wrist surgery is proceeding in a fashion that is expected to permit him a full, healthy offseason strengthening and conditioning program in Arizona. -- Shane Victorino is recovering from his discectomy on his lower back. "Still has a road ahead of him, but you know, if he stays on track without any significant setbacks, should be active in spring training at some point. I don't want to put a date on it yet," said Victorino. "I think our hope would be that he'll be in games at some point in spring training. It's too far away to know exactly when." -- Cherington said that the team does not feel that there are any health concerns related to Allen Craig's foot. "We've had it examined. We don't believe -- he doesn't believe -- it's an issue. So he's just focused on having a good offseason. I think we've done everything we can to make sure that the foot is OK going forward," said Cherington. "No further testing needed."

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