Buchholz has esophagitis, team says

June, 26, 2012
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BOSTON -- Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz remains hospitalized with what the club announced Tuesday night was esophagitis, an inflammation that damages tissues of the esophagus, the muscular tube that delivers food from your mouth to your stomach.

"Clay Buchholz has esophagitis, which led to an erosion of the esophagus and an associated gastrointestinal bleed,'' the team said in a brief statement. "He has been evaluated and observed at Mass. General Hospital. Clay is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery."

Esophagitis often causes difficulty swallowing and chest pain. Causes of esophagitis include stomach acids backing up into the esophagus, infection, oral medications and allergies.

If left untreated, esophagitis can change the structure and function of the esophagus.

A handful of athletes in recent years have been diagnosed with the condition. Zach Putnam, a pitcher in the Colorado Rockies' system, was the Big 10 pitcher of the year for the University of Michigan in 2008. He missed five games and lost 20 pounds before his condition was diagnosed.

Tyson Chandler, then of basketball's Chicago Bulls, missed six games in 2003 with esophagitis, while former Orlando Magic guard Penny Hardaway missed four games in 1995.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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