By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON -- Right-hander Clay Buchholz, on the disabled list since June 17 because of a lower back strain, got a second opinion from specialist Dr. Craig Brigham in Charlotte, N.C., this week and also received an injection in his back. He was told the problem is muscular, with no structural damage, and the visit gave him peace of mind.
He said there was nothing on the nerve, Buchholz said. Just a stress reaction on the vertebrae and it was causing the muscle in the side of my back to fire a little bit. Its was definitely just a muscular thing as far as the hurting was and that's basically all I got out of it. I got an injection. He said its just going to take time to heal. Work on some core exercises to get back.
But the right-hander has no timetable yet.
Its going to take until Im comfortable throwing, he said. I dont know how long thats going to be; just hope its sooner than later.
It was definitely good news. Structurally there was no damage . . . I went in thinking they were going to say something bad. But I came out of there in a lot better spirits than when I went it.
The injection, he said, was a mixture of a couple things. Something to numb it a little bit for a little while and then a little bit of cortisone and a couple of other things.
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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.