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Clay Buchholz headed for second opinion with Dr. James Andrews

07.17.15 at 7:12 pm ET
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ANAHEIM — Clay Buchholz is leaving nothing to chance.

The Red Sox righty, who has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained flexor tendon in his right elbow, will visit Dr. James Andrews Wednesday for a second opinion on the original diagnosis.

“Not that the medical staff here hasn’€™t told me exactly what’€™s going on, but sometimes it’€™s good to hear from multiple people. That’€™s what it is,” said Buchholz prior to the Red Sox’ series opener at Angels Stadium.

“Just having somebody else give you a direct response, given who he is and what he’€™s done over his career, it really the only option for me. If I was going to do it, that’€™s the guy I was going to see. It’€™s a peace of mind thing for me going forward. I don’€™t expect him to find anything else that they’€™ve found. It’€™s more that I can get going going forward and not have to look back.”

Buchholz does have a history with Dr. Andrews, having first worked out at one of the doctor’s medical facilities in Pensacola, Florida following the 2007 season. The longtime elbow and shoulder specialist also offered a second opinion for Buchholz in 2013 after the pitcher’s right shoulder ailment.

The advice Buchholz received from Dr. Andrews two seasons ago was a chief reason the righty felt comfortable executing a similar strategy this time around.

“Instead of throwing, which is what I was doing, trying to build back up, he told me I needed to take an extended break. So that’€™s what I did,” Buchholz said. “Given the point in our season, it was getting late, I probably didn’€™t take the exact amount of time and probably got back in there a little quick.

“This is my last guaranteed year here so if something crazy were to happen I need to know from an outside source, a guy that I’€™ve gone to who has led me in the right direction every time I’€™ve seen him.”

Buchholz said he has seen progress from his injury since exiting last Friday night’s game against the Yankees.

“I was pretty sore the couple of days after that start,” he said. “Our doctors said that rest is the best thing for something involving an elbow or shoulder when it doesn’€™t involve any kind of damage structurally. It definitely feels a lot better.”

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