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Clay Buchholz won’t return until ‘completely better’

06.09.13 at 6:51 pm ET
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Clay Buchholz (AP)

Right-hander Clay Buchholz, who left Saturday’s game after 6 2/3 innings due to soreness in his trapezius muscle, was still experiencing soreness on Sunday. Manager John Farrell said that the team was hoping to make a determination by the end of the upcoming three game series in Tampa Bay as to whether Buchholz will be able to make his next scheduled start in Baltimore. He also said that the injury could be related to the soreness in the AC joint of his collarbone that prevented Buchholz from making a start at the end of May.

“[The soreness is] close to that AC joint, so I can’t say that they’re not interrelated at some point, but it was more the result of that awkward throw last night that started to trigger it and the cramping that followed,” said Farrell. “Right now, he’s day to day. Whether his next start is in question, we’ll probably have a better read on that once we get through the Tampa series.”

Given that Buchholz may be dealing with an issue related to the one that caused him to miss a previous outing, the right-hander said that he wants to see the soreness go away completely before he makes another start.

“We’ll see how I feel the next couple of days in Tampa and then go from there. It’s going to be completely better whenever I come back,” said Buchholz. “That’s my sole purpose right now, to come back without this happening again.”

Buchholz (9-0, 1.71 ERA) sounded a more definitive note than Farrell about the relationship between the AC joint injury and his current trapezius muscle injury. While he did not feel discomfort in his trap muscle when he missed his start, Buchholz suggested that there seemed to be a cause-and-effect relationship between the two injuries.

“I’m sure there’s definitely something to go with both of them,” said Buchholz. “It might be [the trap] was getting weak because I was compensating for [the AC joint]. It was precautionary. As the game went on, it wasn’t getting any better any quicker than it usually did. That’s why I came out when I did. There’s no need to risk anything.”

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