Phillies Starter Clay Buchholz Exits Early With Injury
For the second year in a row, the Phillies added a veteran starter to their rotation to create some depth. For the second year in a row, the veteran depth has been the first starting pitcher to suffer an injury. Clay Buchholz, in just his second start of the season, departed early in Tuesday's game against the New York Mets. The diagnosis: a right forearm strain.
Buchholz allowed six earned runs in two and two-thirds innings before departing. It is unclear whether the strain had affected Buchholz throughout his start, or if it occurred at the moment Buchholz departed the game. Either way, the news is not good for the Phillies.
There is no word yet as to the extent of the strain or whether the Phillies might be forced to put Buchholz on the disabled list.
UPDATE: Phillies manager Pete Mackanin in his postgame comments said that they believe Buchholz's injury could be a strained flexor tendon and he will have an MRI tomorrow.