Buchholz (forearm) said Wednesday that he's hopeful to resume pitching for the Phillies in September, MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports. Buchholz was diagnosed with a partial tear in the right flexor pronator mass of his right elbow after departing early in his second start of the season on April 11 and is in the initial phase of the rehab process after requiring surgery a week ago. The Phillies outlined a four-to-six-month recovery timetable for Buchholz, but even if he meets the short end of that window, it's unclear if the team would be eager in getting him back on the mound. Buchholz is bound for free agency in the offseason, so if the Phillies are out of playoff contention once September arrives, there would be little benefit in having a 32-year-old with no future in the organization taking away innings from more promising young pitchers.
Buchholz was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Saturday. The Phillies needed to clear room on the 40-man roster for new acquisition Ty Kelly and Buchholz was the likely candidate to be removed. The righty underwent surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right forearm Tuesday and will need 4-6 months of recovery.
Buchholz underwent successful surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right forearm Tuesday and was placed on the 10-day DL. Buchholz will need 4-to-6 months to recover from the surgery, which was performed by Dr. James Andrews, meaning he may not return to game action prior to becoming a free agent after this season. Zach Eflin was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley in a corresponding move and will start Tuesday against the Mets.
Buchholz (forearm) will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a tear of the flexor pronator mass and is expected to require a three-to-five month recovery timetable, Jared Carrabis of CSN New England reports. The right-hander recently visited Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on the forearm injury, and it was quickly determined that Buchholz would require surgery to address the issue. His timetable will keep him sidelined through at least the All-Star break, and if he experiences any setbacks in his recovery, the Phillies may not get him back on the mound until September, if at all. The extended absence coupled with Buchholz's mediocre production both last season and in his first two starts with the Phillies in 2017 makes him a drop candidate in just about every format. The Phillies will likely officially place Buchholz on the 10- or 60-day disabled list later Tuesday, when the team recalls Zach Eflin from the minors to take Buchholz's spot in the rotation.
Buchholz's MRI revealed a partial tear of the right flexor pronator mass. Buchholz was removed in the third inning against the mets with the forearm injury. He's heading to see Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on Thursday, at which time a course of treatment will likely be determined for the 32-year-old.
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