Buchholz skips bullpen session, will see specialist

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Buchholz skips bullpen session, will see specialist

By Maureen Mullen
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Clay Buchholz was expected to throw a side session today. Instead the right-hander will see a specialist within the next few days to take another look at his back.

We want Buck to see one more specialist FridayMonday-ish before we completely turn him loose, Francona said. Just because hes starting to get aggressive and with everything thats gone on we just want to make sure hes OK.

Francona was unsure which doctor Buchholz, who did not throw at all on Wednesday, would see.

I think were going to hold off today just because hes going to see this guy, Francona a said. So we just want make sure were not doing something wrong.

He had a good day yesterday. He had a really good day. Hes not going to throw a side. Its a lot to ask moving forward if we want him to start pitching games.

Francona said Buchholzs arm strength, though, was good.

He looked two days ago like he was in midseason form. Thats what was very encouraging to us.

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Farrell angered after Castillo fails to run out grounder

Farrell angered after Castillo fails to run out grounder

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.