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After seeing back specialist, Buchholz to talk to Sox staff

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  August 1, 2011 04:47 PM

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buchholz0801.JPGClay Buchholz saw Dr. Thomas Watkins today in Los Angeles about the lower back strain that's kept him out of the rotation the past six weeks, but Red Sox manager Terry Francona and general manager Theo Epstein will talk with team physician Tom Gill and trainer Mike Reinold before saying anything definitive about Buchholz's injury status.

Francona said that a statement could come by tonight, tomorrow at the latest.

"The update we have is Clay was seen by Dr. Watkins," Francona said this afternoon. "The appointment has already been done. Now we need to let Dr. Watkins, Tom Gill, Mike Reinold – all the medical people – Buch, Theo, have a chance to sit and meet and talk and kind of sift through things. Maybe we’ll have something later tonight, at the latest I would assumed we’ll have something tomorrow.”

Comcast SportsNet reported yesterday that Buchholz has a stress fracture in his lower back that will keep him out the remainder of the season. Asked whether he was optimistic about Buchholz returning or bracing for the worst, Francona referred back to his initial comment.

“Kind of what I said is what I said," Francona shrugged. "The medical people are going to put their heads together and talk to Clay, Theo and probably myself, and then I think Tom will write a statement, an explanation, and then I’ll certainly be happy to talk about it. That’s kind of where we are right now. To start making comments beforehand doesn’t make any sense.”

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