Clay Buchholz, who's been out six weeks, is suffering from a stress fracture in his lower back, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.I am highly skeptical about Buchholz pitching before 2012. It appears that the tryouts for the #3 post-season starter begin tonight.
It's unlikely that Buchholz will pitch again this season, though a return in the postseason has not entirely been ruled out yet.
Buchholz, whose last start was June 16, is scheduled to see noted back specialist Dr. Thomas Watkins in Los Angeles Monday. But Watkins will likely only confirm what has already been diagnosed.
Theo Epstein said yesterday that "there is some concern" about Buchholz's condition.
It's been almost a couple of months now, which is longer than we expected it to be. ... I think we have a feel for what might be going on. But Clay is seeing another expert to get his opinion and then we're all going to put our heads together early this week. I'll refrain from answering in too much detail until I have a chance to talk with Clay and we all have a chance to talk things through.Buchholz has been moved to the 60-day DL to make room on the roster for Erik Bedard - who may pitch on Thursday night.