Buchholz gets 'good news' on his back injury

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Buchholz gets 'good news' on his back injury

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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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.