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Clay Buchholz attended but did not drink at Foxwoods charity event on Wednesday night

06.28.12 at 12:04 am ET
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According to a Red Sox team source, pitcher Clay Buchholz attended a charity event at Foxwoods Resort and Casino on Wednesday night — less than 24 hours after being released from the hospital for esophagitis. While the event — the WAAF Celebrity Golf Tournament, a fundraiser for The Greg Hill Foundation — did feature a pool party sponsored by Stoli Vodka, the source said that Buchholz did not have anything to drink at the event.

After he was released from the hospital and it was determined that he would not travel with the Red Sox to the West Coast for their upcoming series in Seattle, Buchholz agreed to a friend’s request to take part in the charitable event. The Greg Hill Foundation describes its mission as response “to immediate requests for assistance, to improve the lives of local families touched by tragedy, through matching the charitable donation of Greg’s media audience.”

Buchholz was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday due to a gastrointestinal bleed. He spent five days in the hospital, during which he said he became faint while standing. However, with his release, Buchholz said that he felt fine with normal activity, and he had been told that his ability to deal with more demanding (and athletic) forms of activity would return within a few days.

“First couple days I don’t really know, it was sort of a blur. I was laying in a bed, feeding me with tubes. It was a little awkward. I think basically they were giving me medicine to coat my stomach or wherever the bleeding was coming from so it’d stop bleeding. That’s whenever they started doing the tests. Really never cared to know what was going on, I just wanted to get out of there,” Buchholz said on Wednesday morning. “I’m going to have to go in and do some more tests when the guys go on the road, might know a little bit more from that, but they still really hadn’t put a finger on what happened or what caused it and why it stopped bleeding or why it started.

“Once I got out of [the ICU unit] the doctors were pretty upfront, saying it wasn’t really life-threatening at this point. They just had to keep me in there to make sure everything was, I wasn’t losing any more blood and that’s where we’re at right now,” Buchholz added. “Just standing here, it’s pretty easy to stand here. Moving around and stuff ‘€” if I was running up and downstairs or running on the treadmill I think I’d be fatigued, but they said that’s going to be quick to come back in the next three or four days.”

Buchholz last pitched on June 19. The right-hander is 8-2 with a 5.53 ERA this year, but was 4-0 with a 2.53 ERA in his most recent five starts before his health scare.

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