Clay Buchholz Undergoes Surgery on Forearm Injury, out 4-6 Months

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2017

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 11: Starting pitcher Clay Buchholz #21 of the Philadelphia Phillies talks with team trainer Shawn Fcasni before leaving the game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on April 11, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Clay Buchholz underwent surgery to repair an arm injury that caused him to leave an April 11 start against the New York Mets after 2.1 innings.      

Per Meghan Montemurro of the News Journal, Buchholz's surgery repaired a torn flexor tendon in his right forearm, and he has an estimated recovery time of four to six months. 

The Phillies acquired Buchholz from the Boston Red Sox during the offseason, and he was a mess through two starts with 16 hits and 10 runs allowed in 7.1 innings. 

With Buchholz on the shelf, the Phillies recalled Zach Eflin from Triple-A to take his spot in the rotation. They also have Jeremy Hellickson, Jerad Eickhoff, Vince Velasquez and Aaron Nola to fill out the top four spots. 

If Buchholz needs just four months to recover, the earliest he would be ready to return to the rotation is mid-August. If he needs a full six months, his 2017 season will be over, barring a deep playoff run by the Phillies. 

 

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