It has been a commanding first five weeks of the season for Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz, who was named the American League Pitcher of the Month for April on Thursday — one day after he improved to 6-0 with a 1.01 ERA after tossing seven shutout innings against the Blue Jays.
However, late on Wednesday night, former big leaguer Dirk Hayhurst – now a radio show host on WFAN 590 in Toronto — suggested that Buchholz might be doctoring the baseball.
Forget the hair, I just saw video of Buchholz loading the ball with some Eddie Harris worthy slick’em painted up his left forearm. Wow.
— Dirk Hayhurst (@TheGarfoose) May 2, 2013
On Thursday, Red Sox manager John Farrell called such allegations by Hayhurst “unfounded.”
“It bothers me immensely,” Farrell told reporters. “When someone is going to make an accusation — and in this case, of cheating — because they’ve seen something on TV, he’s got rosin on his arm. Rosin was designed to get a grip. He’s got it on his arm. I’ve seen some people that have brought photographs to me. They’re false. The fact is that the guy is 6-0. He’s pitched his tail off. People are going to point to cheating? Unfounded.”
Buchholz likewise said that he’s just using rosin to grip the ball.
“There’s a rosin bag behind the mound and it’s there for everybody to use every inning after our warm-up,” Buchholz told MassLive.com. “Put rosin on my arm throughout the game. Sweat, water, whatever. … Sometimes I put a little thing of water on my hip just to get moisture on your hands. Cause sometimes the balls that they throw to you feel like cue balls off a pool table. Got to find a way to get grip. But yeah, I mean, definitely no foreign objects or substances on my arm.”
On Thursday evening, Hayhurst offered a follow-up tweet, that included a couple of still shots from the SportsNet broadcast on Wednesday night.
Could be rosin, could be something else. Looked awfully fishy, is all. twitter.com/TheGarfoose/st…
— Dirk Hayhurst (@TheGarfoose) May 2, 2013
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