Monday, June 2, 2008

What Now for Clay Buchholz?

After coming off of the DL Clay Buchholz was optioned to the PawSox. For a pitcher on any other team it would mean a few starts in AAA and some retuning. With the Red Sox it is not that simple, when Buchholz was sent down Colon stepped up in a big way, when you throw Curt Schilling into the mix things get murkier. Buchholz is not going to rejoin the rotation any time soon; in reality, he has lost his spot with the Red Sox until someone gets hurt. Even with an injury to one of the starters he does not necessarily have his job back if Schilling is ready to go. There is also Justin Masterson who will enter into the equation at some point. The Red Sox don't want to put Buchholz in the bullpen so he will continue with the PawSox for the foreseeable future. If he continues to make starts like he did this weekend, he may be there for a long time.


Rooster June 2, 2008 at 9:30 AM  

Tough luck for Clay right now, you got it right. But, it is great for the Sox to have that depth, because you always seem to need it.

He'll be back!

dave,  June 2, 2008 at 1:49 PM  

With middle relief being uh, unpredictable, shall we say, this year, I think this makes a case for the 6-man rotation. Tito will still have to do some major juggling so that the starters don't go too long w/o work, but that's what he gets paid for. And he does a damn fine job of doing it, too!


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