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Clay Buchholz Optimistic He Won't Be Next on Red Sox DL

Jun 26, 2010 – 8:01 PM
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Jeff Fletcher

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SAN FRANCISCO – The Red Sox, who haven't been to AT&T Park since 2004, aren't going to be eager to come back here if they have another series like this one.

After losing their former MVP in the first game of the series against the Giants, they saw pitcher Clay Buchholz forced to leave Saturday's game with a hyperextended left knee, an injury he suffered running the bases.

Buchholz, who seemed headed for the All-Star Game with 10 victories and a 2.47 ERA, will be re-evaluated on Sunday. For now, Buchholz and the Red Sox are hopeful that the pitcher won't need to go on the disabled list.

"We'll see tomorrow," Buchholz said. "Right now it doesn't feel too bad. The next day and the day after is always the worst as far as muscle injuries."

Manager Terry Francona, who just hours earlier had watched Dustin Pedroia go on the disabled list because of a fractured left foot, said he was scared when he first saw Buchholz get hurt.

"I think we all panicked right away," Francona said. "But after he got up to the clubhouse, he had good range of motion, good strength. ... We'll certainly re-evaluate him tomorrow, but I don't think it's anything. ... The good news is, long-term, he's going to be OK."

Buchholz had just reached first base after collecting his first big league hit in the second inning. He said he was planning to just take it easy on the bases, but when Marco Scutaro followed by hitting a potential double-play grounder, Buchholz's competitive nature briefly kicked in.

"When the ball was hit, reactions took over and I was running pretty hard, and at the last second I was going to go ahead and bail away, and I landed wrong," Buchholz said.

The Red Sox have off days on Monday and Thursday, so they could conceivably push Buchholz back to July 6 without needing another starter.
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