Boston Red Sox ace Clay Buchholz will start Tuesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays following an extended stay on the disabled list, according to the Boston Herald.
Buchholz, who hasn’t taken the mound since early June, was placed on the disabled list due to shoulder and neck issues. He had a perfect 9-0 record.
"Mentally I'm ready," Buchholz told the Herald. "I think that's what everyone was questioning -- mental toughness and everything. But I know my body better than everybody else does. I'm comfortable pitching now.”
Red Sox manager John Farrell said the early-season American League Cy Young Award candidate will throw 75-80 pitches Tuesday in his first of a handful of remaining starts prior to the post-season.
"I want to make sure that I'm ready for that," Buchholz said. "That's all that matters."
HARVEY TO DOC
After being shut down at the end of August, New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey tweeted he’d be back in time for the start of next season.
The Mets, however, want to know what renowned MLB surgeon Dr. James Andrews has to say about that.
The club’s general manager, Sandy Alderson, told SiriusXM’s Inside Pitch Sunday that the 24-year-old righty is seeking another opinion on his injured right elbow.
Although Harvey -- an all-star selection in 2013 -- has said he’s hoping to avoid surgery to fix a torn elbow ligament, Alderson last week revisited the possibility of Harvey potentially having to miss all of 2014 post-Tommy John surgery.
“It’s his body,” Alderson told WFAN radio. “He ultimately decides what’s in his best interest. All we can do is advise and recommend.”
Harvey was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and 191 strikeouts in 26 starts this season.
Another day, another Derek Jeter setback.
The New York Yankees shortstop missed Sunday’s game against the Boston Red Sox after re-injuring his surgically repaired ankle Saturday.
A CT scan on the 39-year-old’s left ankle came back negative, his manager confirmed Sunday.
"His ankle is a little sore, so we are probably going to give him a couple of days and make an evaluation," Yankees manager Joe Girardi told ESPN.
The 13-time all-star, who the Yankees said will be re-evaluated this week, has played just 17 games this season after spending most of 2013 recovering from a broken ankle suffered during last year’s playoffs.
Jeter had just recently returned from the disabled list due to a calf strain.
"This (year) is probably his worst one ever for him -- to have to live through this," Girardi said.
Since returning, Jeter, a career .312 hitter, is batting .190 with seven RBIs and one home run.
HARPER GOES HOME
The Washington Nationals sent outfielder Bryce Harper home from Miami on Sunday after the 20-year-old aggravated his hip prior to Saturday’s game.
The Washington Post reported Sunday that an apparent injury during batting practice left the two-time all-star floored in the batting cage.
“It’s something we need to aggressively attack,” Nats manager Davey Johnson told the Post. “We’ve been kind of treating it as a slight hip strain. But obviously, it’s something more serious than that. We need to fix it, and he needs to finish the year strong.”
Harper has been in and out of Washington’s lineup since running into Atlanta’s outfield wall in April.
As of Sunday, Harper was scheduled to rejoin the Nationals ahead of a four-game series with the Mets in New York. Washington’s medical staff would only describe Harper’s injury as soreness.
Johnson later said Harper was suffering from inflammation in his hip.
“He didn’t need to tell me anything,” Johnson said of replacing Harper Saturday night. “He was on the ground in the cage after he swung at a pitch.”
Miami’s Marlins rightfielder Giancarlo Stanton missed Sunday’s game against the Washington Nationals due to ankle discomfort, according to MLB.com … The Boston Red Sox announced Sunday they’ve lost outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury indefinitely due to a non-displaced compressed fracture in his right foot … San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey returned to the lineup Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Posey missed four games with a fractured finger … Pittsburgh Pirates righty Charlie Morton exited Sunday’s game in the second inning after feeling discomfort in his foot.