Miami, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz (11) throws during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
After two days in the intensive-care unit due to esophagitis, and three lost pounds later, Clay Buchholz has been released from the hospital, and appeared in the Red Sox clubhouse on Wednesday morning. Manager Bobby Valentine has admitted that he didn't know a lot about the medical details -- using the old, "I'm not a doctor" line of reasoning -- so reporters hearing straight from Buchholz was enlightening.
He cleared up a few items, namely, that this was ulcer-related, or had anything to do with medication. Neither of those things were the cause of his condition. While he's out of the hospital and walking around, Buchholz understandably needs to rest and eat in order to catch up. The gastrointestinal bleeding meant that he needed multiple pints of bloodto replace what was lost, and the lack of eating with the stomach problems meant that someone "snuck a pizza and burger into the hospital" for him (presumably once it was safe to eat).
The fact he was able to eat foods like that without instantly having additional trouble is a good sign -- fickle stomach and esophagus issues tend to result in mild, bland diets during recovery time.
Buchholz is likely going to need to stick on the DL for the duration in order to regain the lost weight and get back into the shape he was in before his body betrayed him. Because of this, he won't be making the trip to Seattle with Boston. If there's a positive here, besides that Buchholz will fully recover, it's that this all went down at a time when the Red Sox are not wanting for starting pitching candidates.