Toucher & Rich With Peter Abraham: Buchholz To Throw Off Mound
The Red Sox finished off a series in Tampa with a 16 inning 1-0 win that wrapped up after 2am on Monday morning. The team then had to travel to Baltimore for a game last night and were able to pull out another win.
Buchholz has been out for about a month with a back injury. It was reported that the starter threw from a distance of 120 feet. Where is he at right now?
“It was kind of in a holding pattern there for a while, he wasn’t doing too much. I think the sign of all the other guys coming back kind of spurred him into action because he’s all of a sudden started a throwing program,” Abraham said. “And he’s moving to a point where he’s going to throw off the mound probably within 3 or 4 days from the sound of things. It’s going to take him awhile to build up his arm strength and get back on the mound because he hasn’t in a month.”
As the trade dead line looms does Abraham think that the Sox need to make a move? If so who do they go after?
“I think the question they need to answer is whether they think Buchholz will come back and be healthy come the middle of August. If that’s the case then they don’t need to go out and get a starting pitcher. If they’re concerned about Buchholz’s ability to do that they at least have to think about a starting pitcher. Then they have to figure out the right field question because obviously J.D. Drew is not getting any better,” said Abrham on what the Sox might be thinking.
“I think the real one upgrade is Carlos Beltran of the Mets. The question is going to be whether you want to give up the amount of prospects that the Mets are going to want to get for him,” said Abraham.
The guys also mentioned Jose Reyes and whether the Sox could find a way to get him to Boston. They also discussed the issues that might arise should the Sox acquire the shortstop.