Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz: Pitching this season not driven by contract issue

Rob Bradford
August 25, 2015 - 8:27 am

CHICAGO -- On a team full of uncertainty, Clay Buchholz' future with the team continues to be one of the most undefined issues. The Red Sox pitcher, who continues to recover from a right elbow injury, still doesn't know if he will pitch this season. Per the advice of Dr. James Andrews, Buchholz will begin his throwing program Sept. 2 and see where that leads him heading toward the Red Sox' final regular season game Oct. 4. But no matter what transpires over that time, Buchholz is confident that he doesn't need to pitch this season in order to prove his worth for either the Sox or other teams in regards to next year. Buchholz has a $13 million team option for 2016 that new Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has to make a call after this season. "I've been assured by a couple of different doctors that if the Red Sox or any other team needed any kind of word on how they should view it they would definitely call and talk to whomever they need to talk to just to reassure I'm 100 percent healthy even without throwing," the righty told "Time is the best doctor for this sort of thing from the information I gathered from Dr. Andrews. What I'm looking to do is just start playing catch." Buchholz did admit that there is an increased sense of uncertainty due to the change in decision-makers, considering his long relationship with former general manager Ben Cherington. "I haven't talked to anybody," Buchholz said when asked about his '16 option. "I think it would have been easier to talk to Ben about this situation because I've been around Ben for 10 years. Obviously, Dave is well known in his craft and he's really good at what he does. I'm not sure what his outlook on priorities are. It's not like there's loyalty from him to me, so that's one of the situation that is a little different than it was." For more on Buchholz, including addition comments from the pitcher, click here.