Clay Buchholz hasn’t pitched since July 10. (Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz last pitched in a game July 10 and hasn’t been able to throw since.
“Clay has not [begun a throwing program],” interim manager Torey Lovullo said. “Right now Clay is kind of in a no-throw situation. He feels good enough to throw, but we are evaluating him daily to see where he’s at. I know he’s had an opinion where he can start to throw, but we’re not going to rush anything that he’s not ready to do.”
Lovullo was then asked if the right-hander would pitch again this season. He would not say yes or no.
“We haven’t determined that,” he said. “We’re trying to figure this out moving forward.”
In 18 starts this season, Buchholz is 7-7 with a 3.26 ERA. Over his last five starts that he was able to make, he allowed just one earned run in each of them.
Brock Holt is out of the lineup for a second straight day, but it doesn’t appear to be serious and Lovullo said he would be available off the bench, if needed.
“He’s just a little banged up,” Lovullo said. “He just needed another day. I decided to give him another day — I decided to give him another day to get caught up. I know I’ve been talking a lot the last couple days about these guys getting tired and fatigue and instead of staying with it we wanted to get a little bit ahead of it.”
Catcher Christian Vazquez has been out for the entire season after having Tommy John surgery during the spring. Despite not being able to play, the 25-year-old has been with the team all year and been an active participant in meetings.
He could be playing in games as soon as this offseason.
“He’s always engaged and involved in every meeting,” Lovullo said. “From the shoulders up he’s not going to need much time to recover. I think the early plan, and I may be mistaken, but the early plan is to see where he’s at after the season and get him some at-bats in the instructional league and pick it up from there. He’s right on target and kind of a forgotten man that really no one notices or talks about, but we’re really excited to see where he comes in next year.”
With Vazquez coming back next season, the team would have two young, talented catchers. Lovullo said the team is aware of the situation, but there’s been no talk of exposing Blake Swihart to another position.
“I’m sure we’re going to have a lot of discussions over the course of this offseason about what to do with our catching situation,” Lovullo said. “We’re very fortunate and lucky to have two young guys who are very capable of handling the work load. We’ll move forward as a group and I think Dave [Dombrowski] will probably want to see these guys perform each and every day and make that decision moving forward, but that’s nothing we can predict right now.”
In 58 games this season, Swihart is batting .258. In 55 games last year, Vazquez batted .240.