Saturday, May 31, 2008
The Red Sox announced today that pitcher Clay Buchholz will be optioned to Triple-A. Although this comes as a surprise to many Boston fans, it just shows how much pitching they have. The Red Sox can afford to do this with Bartolo Colon pitching well, and it will allow Buchholz to get back into a groove. Buchholz will likely be down in Triple-A for a couple weeks, maybe a month, to work himself into a good rhythm. Pitching prospects Justin Masterson and David Pauley are wheeling and dealing down in Triple-A also, so the Red Sox can be patient with Buchholz.
I think this will be good for Buchholz and the Red Sox in the long run, but more for Buchholz. To be able to go down to Triple-A and pitch and analyze his pitching away from the spotlight should help him better develop his stuff. The Red Sox are currently one game out of first place, but face the first place Rays at home next week, so we could see a change in the standings by the end of next week.