BOSTON (CBS) – Clay Buchholz just went through a frightening ordeal, spending five days in the hospital fighting esophagitis.

Given what happened last season with all the “chicken and beer” shenanigans, one would think the Red Sox players — especially their pitchers — would take every step to stay out of the “bad” spotlight.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be the case.

Reports surfaced Thursday morning that less than a day after being released from the hospital, Buchholz was at a charity pool party at Foxwoods Casino.

Although Buchholz did not drink at the event, it doesn’t sound like the best idea to travel to Connecticut, given his recent illness, and all that went down last season and earlier this season with Josh Beckett and his golf trip with Buchholz.

Buchholz was released from Massachusetts General Hospital on Tuesday after spending five days there, including some time in intensive care.

He was back in the Sox’ clubhouse for Wednesday’s 10-4 win over the Blue Jays, but the illness landed Buchholz on the 15-day disabled list, and he did not travel with the team as they headed to Seattle for the start of a seven-game road trip out west.

Before the game, he told the media he received “three or four pints of blood” along with IV’s and various other medications during his hospital stay.

For the first two days, he said he couldn’t stand up without feeling like he was going to pass out.

Now he’ll have more questions to answer about the perception of a player recovering from illness not traveling with his team, but to a casino in Connecticut instead.


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