BOSTON (CBS) – Clay Buchholz is slated to start Game 4 of the World Series for the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night, and by all accounts the pitcher is on track to make that start.
But there are several concerns surrounding Buchholz, who said on Wednesday his shoulder feels “a little dead at certain points.” To be safe, the Red Sox had Felix Doubront throw a simulated game at Fenway earlier this week and the lefty will be ready to go if called upon Sunday.
CSNNE’s Sean McAdam joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich on Friday and said he doesn’t think Buchholz will be on the hill Sunday night in St. Louis.
“I don’t think we’re going to see him. He’s going to throw on the side today, though not off the mound. People who have watched him do long toss have seen he can’t really get loose,” said McAdam. “I don’t know if this is (the Red Sox) deluding themselves or showmanship, but I don’t think we’re going to see him on Sunday.”
“What I’ve heard the last couple days is a guy that isn’t feeling very confident, and do you really want to send a guy out there that feels like that in a World Series game?” asked McAdam.
“They’ve been providing therapy and tests for him on that shoulder, and to me it smells of Buchholz getting scratched,” he said.
“I think there is some weakness in the shoulder. There’s no question about that after the fact they’re doing testing and giving him therapy on that shoulder. That suggests there is at least a weakness there. Whether you can describe it as an injury or hurt, he hasn’t been the same since he came back.”
Buchholz missed more than three months during the regular season with neck and shoulder issues, and admitted he has felt fatigue in his throwing shoulder this postseason. Manager John Farrell said on Thursday that Buchholz is still in line to start on Sunday, but we’ll have to wait and see if anything changes after Friday’s throwing session in St. Louis.
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