Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz plans to be back on mound in 5-6 weeks

Rob Bradford
July 23, 2015 - 2:44 pm

HOUSTON -- Late Wednesday afternoon word came down that Clay Buchholz' trip to Dr. James Andrews revealed the same findings of the Red Sox medical personnel, a strained flexor muscle in his right elbow. The only change came with Buchholz' decision to undergo a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection. Thursday Buchholz revealed what the timeline might look like for his return, in regards to throwing off a mound. "I think the total amount of time is probably going to be five to six weeks," he said. "I'€™m going to be back whenever I can. This is sort of frustrating. Yeah, whenever I'€™m able to go. He gave me the steps to follow, and that'€™s what I'€™m going to do, and that'€™s what I went to him." Buchholz, who said that he should be able to start throwing a baseball again in a couple of weeks, reiterated his enthusiasm with the visit to Pensacola. "It was basically re-affirming what we know," the pitcher said. "The one thing that came out of it that I was thinking a little differently about is the catch that I was playing. It probably wasn'€™t the right thing to do, in his mind. Yeah, that'€™s the reason for the PRP, because the time I'€™m going to be down, it'€™s not going to extend that time at all. Being that I don'€™t have any tears and it wasn'€™t a surgical issue, he said that I'€™d probably be in the upper 80 percent for this PRP stuff to either help or form a stronger muscle rather than just taking rest." Now that Buchholz' recovery time has some sort of guideline, the conversation slowly turns to the pitcher's future. The 30-year-old is in the last guaranteed year of his contract, with the Red Sox holding a $13 million team option for 2016, and another one for '17 at $13.5 million. "I definitely want to pitch again [this season]," Buchholz said. "I don'€™t care how many starts. I need to '€¦ that'€™s why I'€™m here. This is actually a big year for me too." Regarding his contract status, he added, "I'€™m going to be throwing somewhere. Baseball is baseball. I'€™ve definitely been here my whole career. I don'€™t really want to go anywhere. When it comes to the time where somebody'€™s got to make a decision, the decision doesn'€™t always match the same way you feel. It is what it is. That'€™s the business side. I'€™ve said it a hundred times. It happens to a lot of guys. It'€™s very rare for a guy to stay in one spot his whole career. If it does happen, it happens."