The nightmare is finally over, Boston!
All of you Boston Red Sox fans can now rejoice, as the team announced on Friday that rotation mainstay Clay Buchholz has been moved to the bullpen. In a corresponding move, the team also announced that youngster Eduardo Rodriguez would be replacing Buchholz in the rotation, making his season debut on Tuesday.
This move was a long time coming, as Buchholz has been an eyesore for the Red Sox rotation this season. Through 10 starts, Clay owns a record of 2-5 with a horrific 6.35 ERA. Buchholz has been just awful this season, allowing two or more runs in nine out of his 10 starts. His only outing where he allowed less than two runs was back on April 18th against the Blue Jays, when he pitched 6.2 scoreless innings.
Additionally, he’s also served up the home run ball in eight of his 10 starts this year. To put his nightmare season in perspective, Buchholz has allowed 59 hits, 40 earned runs (12 of which were home runs), and owns a 37-to-24 K:BB ratio in only 56.2 innings. Clearly, the right-hander’s struggles were getting to be too much, and Boston finally reached their breaking point.
While it’s unclear what Clay’s future holds, he certainly doesn’t seem happy about his demotion as Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald detailed in one of his most recent articles saying, “The Red Sox right-hander, for the second straight day on Saturday, declined an interview about his move to the bullpen, telling the media waiting for him near his locker that he got moved to the bullpen and they should write it down, with a curse word mixed in as he walked away.”
Meanwhile, the Red Sox find Buchholz’s replacement in 23-year-old Eduardo Rodriguez, who will be activated off of the disabled list on Tuesday to make his season debut. After being acquired from the Orioles at the deadline in 2014, Rodriguez went 10-6 with a 3.85 ERA in 121.2 innings pitched last season. Based on Clay’s struggles this year, the Red Sox are clearly hoping that “E-Rod” can bring some stability to the back-end of the rotation, one that has been anchored thus far by the trio of David Price, Steven Wright, and Rick Porcello.