The Red Sox All-Star right-hander spent from early June through Sept. 10 on the disabled list with shoulder discomfort.
It wasn’t until late July when Buchholz visited renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who cleared him to throw, giving Buchholz peace of mind that he would not damage the shoulder if he progressed back steadily.
Buchholz’s followed Andrew’s timetable and returned Sept. 10.
But here we go all over again. Now in the World Series, Buchholz is experiencing a tired shoulder and seems to be focused more on his own discomfort than his team winning a championship.
He also told reporters yesterday: “I don’t think there is any risk there. My one thing that I have is to go and compete. Go out there for as long as (manager) John (Farrell) wants to leave me out there, and give the team a chance to win to the best of my ability. Obviously given the couple of days that I’ve been out so far, not a hundred percent. But I’ve said it a couple of times this year, I don’t think anybody, especially at this time of the season, is a hundred percent.”
Why would he pull himself from a World Series game if he doesn’t think he is risking anything by pitching, especially when he knows he isn’t 100 percent to begin with?
Maybe the shoulder is injured. Maybe he’ll need surgery this offseason. He could have a serious injury. But what if Buchholz removes himself today, the Red Sox don’t win the World Series and he doesn’t end up needing offseason surgery? Well, if that’s the case, he surely will have plenty of tough questions to answer next spring training when he meets with the media.
Things aren’t looking too positive entering tonight’s start. In each of his three postseason outings so far, Buchholz has struggled once he has reached the fifth and sixth innings.