Phillies' Buchholz could miss rest of season after surgery

Phillies' Buchholz could miss rest of season after surgery

Phillies starting pitcher Clay Buchholz underwent successful surgery Tuesday on the partial tear of the flexor pronator mass in his right arm. CSNNE's Jared Carrabis reported last night that the Phillies right-hander had decided upon surgery to fix his injury.

The surgery was done by Dr. James Andrews.

Buchholz was placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 15, but the Phillies said he is expected to be sidelined four to six months.

Even though the front end of the recovery time would have Buchholz return in August looking at his injury history, it's more likely he's done for the year.

The two-time All-Star was 0-1 with a 12.27 ERA and five strikeouts in 7.1 innings this season. The Sox shifted Buchholz to the bullpen last season, though he pitched well after returning to the rotation late in the year.

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If this does mean that Buchholz is out for the season, his tenure with the Phillies was extremely short and ineffective.

Buchholz is set to become a free agent at the season's end.

The Phillies acquired Buchholz in hopes of turning him into an interesting trade chip at the deadline, but he ended up making just two starts for the club. Buchholz is probably headed for a one-year guarantee at the most, or possibly even a minor league deal loaded with contract incentives.

Eflin will start for the Phillies tonight as they take on the Mets again, this time at Citi Field.

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