BOSTON (CBS) – Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz will head to North Carolina this week to meet with a back specialist, Manager Terry Francona said Monday.
Buchholz, on the disabled list with a lower backs train since June 19 (retroactive to June 17), will meet with Dr. Craig Brigham. The decision was made after the Sox right-hander met with team doctor Thomas on Gill Monday.
“(He’s a) really well thought of guy,” Francona said of Brigham before the Red Sox 9-7 loss to the Blue Jays. “I actually saw him a couple years ago myself. He does a lot of stuff with the NFL. We’ll get him down there this week.”
Francona said the injury is only a problem for Buchholz’ when he goes through his pitching motions.
“It’s just kind of interesting because it just hurts when he does certain things pitching. He’s moving around so well other than that,” said Francona.
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Buchholz last pitched June 16 against the Tampa Bay Rays. He went five innings, allowing just one run off two hits, but left after the fifth inning when tightness in his back got progressively worse.
The injury was originally thought to be minor, and Buchholz was expected to come off the DL after his 15 days were up.
Buchholz is 6-3 with a 3.48 ERA on the season.