Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz optimistic he will pitch this season after visit to Pensacola

Rob Bradford
August 12, 2015 - 4:33 pm

MIAMI -- Maybe Clay Buchholz will pitch this year, after all. The Red Sox starter returned from visiting Dr. James Andrews earlier Wednesday with news that he could begin a throwing program. The visit was another precautionary check-up with Dr. Andrews, whose previous examination had convinced Buchholz to receive a PRP (platelet rich plasma) injection in his ailing right elbow. "Everything'€™s good. Apparently it'€™s a lot more -- that area, I wasn'€™t expecting it to take this long," said Buchholz, who hasn't pitched since July 10. "It'€™s just the area you don'€™t really want to mess with, is what I got from them." Buchholz has routinely taken the advice of Dr. Andrews, having used his visit to the doctor to formulate his plan back from a 2013 shoulder injury. And this year, he once again altered his course after having started to participate in some light tossing shortly after his injury. "I got the rude awakening when I went there last time," he said. "I wasn'€™t expecting to have a procedure done. But that being said, the protocol for PRP is 4-6 weeks. Start building back up. Look at the calendar, there'€™s not a whole lot of days left. I'€™d like it to be sooner rather than later. That'€™s part of a pitcher'€™s body that if you do something too quick, something else is going to take effect from it." Buchholz did come away from the visit with optimism that he would be able to pitch again this season. "Yeah, I'€™d like to," he said. "That'€™s what I'€™m going to work for. That'€™s why I'€™m here, yeah. Square one." Buchholz is in the final guaranteed year of his contract, with the Red Sox holding a $13 million team option for 2016, and a $13.5 million option for the following season.