By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON Right-hander Clay Buchholz, on the disabled list since June 17 with a lower back strain, is scheduled to visit Dr. Craig Brigham in Charlotte, NC, this week for a second opinion.
Clay spoke to Sox medical director Dr. Tom Gill and were going to arrange for him to get another opinion with Dr. Brigham in Carolina, manager Terry Francona said.Hes a friend of Toms and a real well thought-of guy. I actually saw him a couple of years ago myself. Hes done a lot of stuff in the NFL and well get Buchholz down there this week.
It just hurts when he does certain things pitching. Hes moving around so well other than that. When we send him out there we want him to know even if it hurts, hes not hurting himself.
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The Red Sox signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract bn August 2014. Over parts of three seasons, the 29-year-old has a .679 OPS across 337 plate appearances in the majors and spent the vast majority of the 2016 season at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Castillo had a chance to start things off on the right foot in 2017, but that ship has already sailed. On Thursday against Northeastern at JetBlue Park, Castillo didn’t run out a routine ground ball. He claims he lost track of the outs. Manager John Farrell isn’t happy about the situation. Via Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald:
“Disappointing for a couple of reasons,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “One, he has lost the number of outs. Still, regardless of another of outs, getting down the line is controllable. And for a player in his situation, every little aspect of the game is important. That’s something that was addressed in the moment. He needs to execute the game situation. And for that matter, every player. But that one obviously stood out.”
Everyone always makes far too big a deal about running out grounders. It’s a real nit to pick when it’s February 23 and your team just finished playing an exhibition game that is even more meaningless than the other exhibition games that will be played in the coming month.
That being said, Castillo has to prove himself to merit inclusion on the 25-man roster and that means dotting all his i’s and crossing all his t’s. Even if he went hitless all spring, Castillo could have at least said he couldn’t have done anything else better. But on day one, he already gave his team a reason to count him out.