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Clay Buchholz resumes throwing, but may receive second opinion on shoulder injury

07.19.13 at 6:55 pm ET
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Clay Buchholz has not made a start in 41 days and counting. (AP)

Clay Buchholz has not made a start in 41 days and counting. (AP)

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said that right-hander Clay Buchholz may receive a second opinion on the condition in his right shoulder — diagnosed as inflammation in his bursa sac — that has kept him out since June 8.

“He may get another opinion just [to gather] more information and hopefully put his mind at ease as to what’s going on,” said Cherington. “He knows his body better than anyone else and he’s going to tell us when he’s ready to ramp it up and we hope that’s soon. Based on everything we know we still think that will be soon. It hasn’t happened yet and that’s a source of frustration for him and to some degree for all of us.”

Buchholz was examined by team physicians and Friday and cleared to resume throwing from flat ground, something he hadn’t done since experiencing discomfort in his shoulder while throwing off a mound on Sunday in Oakland. The right-hander, who is 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA, presented no new symptoms in Friday’s check-in.

“Exam was basically benign,” said manager John Farrell. “He went out and played catch out to 90 feet today. He felt free and easy. Didn’t feel like he did in Oakland. So that’s today’s latest on him.”

Still, there’s no definition at this point to Buchholz’s trajectory back to the rotation or a timetable for his return. Despite the uncertainty surrounding the right-hander, however, Cherington said that the team didn’t feel as if his condition had forced the Sox to look for reinforcements via trade — at least not yet. 

“I think we’re 20-14 since his last start,” Cherington noted accurately (the mark is the third best in the AL during that stretch, one game behind the Indians and a half-game behind the Rays). “A lot of good things happened with the team. We’ve proven we can win without any one particular guy. But obviously we’d like to have him back earlier. We’re a better team with him. And we still hope he is out there for the better part of the remainder of the season. If for some reason that doesn’t happen, then again we’ll just have to adjust. We’ve had guys who have stepped up before. We’ve had guys that we think are capable of stepping up and being good starters at the major league level. And we just have to see how it goes. We hope to have more clarity on that in the next couple days. That will inform us.”

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