The script that the Phillies wrote was supposed to go something like this... Clay Buchholz puts together a strong first half of the season, a contending team needs pitching and they send some prospects to the Phillies to get Buchholz in return for the last half of the season. But wait, there's been a rewrite.
The preliminary script now has Buchholz making two bad starts in a Phillies uniform and then missing the rest of the season with an injury.
After leaving Tuesday night's game with a sore forearm, Buchholz underwent an MRI on Monday and the results weren't very good. The injury was diagnosed as a partial tear of the flexor pronator mass. In layman's terms, that means that there's a tear in the muscle that connects the elbow to the forearm. Two years ago, Buchholz had a similar injury and elected to not have surgery. The injury cost him the final three months of the season. The latest injury is thought to be worse than the previous one and could end Buchholz' season, his first - and likely last - with the Phillies. Buchholz, 32, will have an appointment with Dr. James Andrews to get a second opinion and decide on a course of action for treating the injury.
The Phillies got Buchholz from the Boston Red Sox for minor league infielder Josh Tobias during the offseason. In the trade, the Phillies took on the final year of Buchholz' contract, which calls for him to be paid $13.5-million this season.
In his two starts, Buchholz was tagged for 10 earned runs in 7 1/3 innings, resulting in an 11.73 ERA.
Even if his season isn't over, Buchholz will wind up on the DL, opening a spot for one of the young pitching prospects at Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take a spot in the Phillies starting rotation. Because of off days, the Phillies won't need a fifth starter until next Tuesday when they play the Mets in New York.