Buchholz will see doctor Wednesday

July, 5, 2011
7/05/11
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BOSTON -- Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz will travel to North Carolina on Wednesday morning and will be examined by back specialist Craig Brigham.

Buchholz will leave Boston at 5 a.m. for his 8 a.m. appointment.

“Hopefully we’ll get him looked at and go from there,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Tuesday.

Buchholz and the Red Sox thought it best to seek a second opinion for his lower-back strain because it’s not healing as quickly as he had hoped.

The right-hander has been on the disabled list since June 19 (retroactive to June 17). Buchholz met with Red Sox team physician Thomas Gill on Monday afternoon and the decision was made to see Dr. Brigham.

Buchholz said Monday evening that he didn’t think this injury would set him back like it has.

“Absolutely not,” he said. “It was slowly getting better and then it just sort of stayed the same for a while. I just want to get back on the field as quick as I can. If something’s not working, I want to get somebody else to look at it and try to go a different direction with it and hopefully it won’t take that much longer, so that’s what I’m hoping for.”

The pain and discomfort, Buchholz said, is something he’s never felt before.

“When I’m throwing it’s in my lower back and sometimes it feels like a muscle and it’s definitely a muscle that was strained on [right] side, but now it’s in the middle of my back,” he said. “I don’t know a whole lot about it and that’s why I’m headed to that doctor to see if he can figure something out.”

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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