One of the key contributors to the Red Sox's early success has been Clay Buchholz. The 28-year-old right-hander has been nearly flawless this season, posting a 9-0 record with a 1.71 ERA. Health concerns surround Buchholz, however, as he cut short a bullpen session on Wednesday due to discomfort in his neck.
Buchholz told ESPN that he is still working through discomfort.
"I felt better this time; it's just still there,” Buchholz told ESPN. “We'll see what the staff wants me to do, if there's any way to treat it differently."
A healthy Buchholz could be a deciding X-factor in what is shaping up to be an ultra-competitive AL East. All five teams are within striking distance and are capable of winning the division.
With that in mind, the Red Sox need a healthy Buchholz to contribute.