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Red Sox Pitcher, Clay Buchholz, Sidelined with Intestinal Bleeding 75

As if the Boston Red Sox needed any more problems this year, now they put one of their young pitching stars on the DL. Clay Buchholz was hospitalized and put on the DL due to intestinal bleeding, and as Joe Amorosino of Channel 7 WHDH in Boston indicates, it could be the result of anti-inflammatory drugs.

Although his overall ERA (5.53) doesn’t show it, he’s been the team’s best pitcher in June compiling four of his eight wins. During that stretch he’s given up 24 hits, eight runs (all earned), six walks, and struck out 25 hitters in 30 innings of work.

This is definitely a blow to a pitching staff that has underachieved for most of the year, including Jon Lester (4-5, 4.48 ERA) and Josh Beckett (4-7, 4.14 ERA). As a team, the Red Sox rank 12th in hits allowed and 11th in the AL in ERA. Losing Buchholz as he was turning it around, definitely hurts this squad who is currently 4th in the AL East with a record of 37-34.

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