Buchholz gets 'good news' on his back injury

191542.jpg

Buchholz gets 'good news' on his back injury

By Maureen Mullen
CSNNE.com Follow @maureenamullen

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.

Maureen Mullen is on Twitter at http:twitter.commaureenamullen

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.  

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the team, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported.

Bradley, who turns 27 April 19, had his best season in 2016, hitting .267 with 26 homers and a league-best 29-game hitting streak. He also won his first Gold Glove. A Scott Boras client, Bradley isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020. 
 
Friday at 1 p.m. was the deadline to reach deals to avoid arbitration. 

Other arbitration-eligible Red Sox are infielders Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad, right-handers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross and Tyler Thornburg and catcher Sandy Leon.