NEW YORK ó The frustrating season of Clay Buchholz still has no clarity as he prepares for a couple of days of All-Star fun.
Buchholz said he will attempt a bullpen session in Boston during a workout on Thursday at Fenway and if he comes out of that OK, he may attempt a simulated game a couple of days later. Still nothing planned for a rehab assignment until he gives himself the OK.
And thatís what itís come to.
Buchholz told the Red Sox and the medical staff that he wants to tell them when heís finally void of the stiffness and soreness in his neck area. The team nor the medical staff have put restrictions on him after a series of MRIís, CT scans and X-Rays revealed inflammation in the neck region.
ďThe first day I feel Iím pretty much normal, Iíll be out there,Ē said Buchholz, who was 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA in his first 12 starts. He was named to the All-Star team but will not participate.
Buchholz was supposed to throw a bullpen session while here on Tuesday, but now thatís been changed to Thursday so he can throw in front of pitching coach Juan Nieves and the trainers.
ďIím just gonna play long toss here,Ē Buchholz said.
ďItís been frustrating for sure,Ē the righty said. ďIíve said it all along that all the other guys [Red Sox starters] are out there doing their jobs. It would be tougher if things werenít going as we wanted and guys werenít throwing the ball well. It would be tougher to sit back and watch but everyoneís pitching well so thatís why Iím gonna make sure Iím 100 percent before I go back out there.Ē
Buchholz said heís been feeling the soreness and stiffness in his neck when he follows through on his delivery.
ďItís muscular where that inflammation is,Ē Buchholz said. ďThere was nothing there except inflammation and thereís only two places to go one is up your neck or down your arm. [The soreness] is the after-effects of throwing before I should have picked up a ball.Ē
Buchholz explained that, ďItís not something that kills me to do. I donít know what it would lead to if I kept throwing, throwing throwing on it. Itís like picking a scab. I donít want to keep messing with this forever. I donít know how long itís gonna take, but regardless of how long it takes, I want it to be done and not going out there for a couple of starts and then have a setback. Thatís my mindset.Ē
Buchholz said that if the team was in a situation where they were desperate for him, heíd pitch.
ďIf I thought it was a do or die situation in September and we were pushing for the pennant, if it came to that, absolutely Iíd be out there. Thereís no risk right now, but I donít feel comfortable doing it,Ē he said.