Stress fracture for Clay Buchholz

It has been obvious for about a week now that something was wrong with Clay Buchholz beyond a muscle strain in his lower back. Day by day, a little more information comes out.

Theo Epstein danced around the subject yesterday, and a baseball source said today that Buchholz has a stress fracture in hiw lower back. Comcast’s Sean McAdam first reported the news of the stress fracture earlier Monday.

There is a possibility for a late-season comeback, but odds are that Buchholz is done until 2012.

These next two months will help the Red Sox determine their No. 3 starter in the playoffs, whether it’s John Lackey, Erik Bedard, or someone else.

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Red Sox GM Theo Epstein would not provide details yesterday, but did admit that “there is some concern’’ about the condition of Clay Buchholz, who had his lower back examined by Dr. Robert Watkins today in Los Angeles.