The Dream of Trading Buchholz is Gone
When the Phillies traded for Clay Buchholz and acquired several other veterans during the offseason, the end goal with most, if not all, of them was to find a way to trade them at the deadline during the season. We can safely assume that goal will not be reached now.
Buchholz had to leave Tuesday’s game with what was called an elbow strain at the time. It has now been upgraded to a “partial tear of right flexor pronator mass.” He will see Dr. James Andrews next week to determine how best to heal the injury.
Any time Andrews’ name comes up, it is never good news for the pitcher in question. Meghan Montemurro of the Delaware News Journal said Buchholz’s season is “likely over.”
Besides forcing the Phils to bring up a pitcher from Triple-A, this injury means there is no chance of trading Buchholz later on. As George wrote Wednesday, this situation is “eerily similar” to what happened to Charlie Morton last year. The Phillies hoped to be able to trade Morton for a prospect or two, but like with what happened to Buchholz, Morton went down early in the year and never came back.
Considering Buchholz is a free agent after this season, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the last time he pitches for Philadelphia.