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Despite solid stats since coming off the DL, Buchholz clearly isn't in midseason form.
Two of baseball's most dominant pitchers earlier this season, Clay Buchholz and Jesse Crain, did not impact the American League pennant race during July and August. That's because both of them spent those months on the disabled list with muscle strains.
Buchholz had an unblemished win-loss record and AL-best 1.71 ERA prior to his injury. In his first 11 innings pitched (two starts) since returning to the Boston Red Sox rotation, the 29-year-old has posted more outstanding stats (0.00 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, .147 BAA).
However, his velocity is down through two starts this September, according to Brooks Baseball, and he has yet to push himself past 100 pitches.
Saturday's matchup against the Toronto Blue Jays looks to be an important test as the right-hander tries to find his All-Star form.
Crain, on the other hand, has yet to make an appearance for the Tampa Bay Rays since being acquired by them at the non-waiver trade deadline.
His shoulder finally feels better, tweets Andrew Astleford of FoxSportsFlorida.com, suggesting that the veteran right-hander could get in a game this weekend.
If close to 100 percent healthy, Crain will be a huge addition to the bullpen. He boasts a career-best 0.74 ERA and 11.29 K/9 this summer.