NEW YORK — The news was mixed for Clay Buchholz .
Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said before Boston’s 6-4 win over the Mets Friday night that there is no chance for the righthander to pitch again this season with only 34 games remaining.
But if team doctors deem Buchholz healthy, Dombrowski said it would be an easy decision to pick up his $13 million contract option for next season.
Buchholz has not pitched since July 10 because of strained flexor muscle in his right elbow. He has been cleared to start throwing next week but is not close to getting back on the mound.
“There’s just not enough time to build him up to get him ready in a game,” Dombrowski said.
Dombrowski doesn’t believe Buchholz would be even ready before Instructional League ends in mid-October. But he’s not sure that matters anyway.
“It’s more a matter of the health perspective. Otherwise, to me, that’s one of those easy decisions because he’s a quality big league pitcher when he’s out on the mound,” Dombrowski said.
“Just have to make sure that he’s OK. Now, everything that I’ve heard so far, everybody tells me he should be fine. But again, we’ve got some time frame on that. Otherwise, it’s easy to decide because he’s a good big league pitcher.”
If he does not pitch again this season, Buchholz will have missed approximately 61 starts in the last six seasons. He is 61-37 with a 3.61 earned run average over 133 starts in that time.
“I think it’s really a simple equation in the sense that if you think he’s healthy — and I’m not the one that’s capable of making that decision; that’s the doctor’s decision. But picking up his option is a very simple thing because he’s a good big league pitcher,” Dombrowski said.
Dombrowski met with John Farrell in person last Friday for a few hours. They have run across each other at Fenway Park since and spoke on the phone for 30 minutes on Thursday.
As he undergoes treatment for Stage 1 lymphoma, Farrell is staying involved in decisions and giving feedback.
Dombrowski was asked if he would bring Farrell back as manager next season.
“I’m impressed with John. I like John,” Dombrowski said. “But I think, for now, he needs to take care of his health.”
Ramirez (shoulder) out
Hanley Ramirez was in the original lineup, playing left field and batting fifth. He was scratched 2½ hours before the game with what was termed right shoulder fatigue.
“Hanley is battling a little right shoulder issue,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “At this point we want guys to get ahead of things and not play catch-up. It made a lot of sense for us to give him a day down today and see where he’s at tomorrow.”
Ramirez was out for three games in May with a strained left shoulder. He also has sat for injuries to his left knee, left hand, right shin, and left foot.
Ramirez has played in only eight of the last 18 games.
Wright makes progress
Steven Wright, who is on the disabled list with a concussion, has been cleared to start further workouts. But it’s uncertain if he will pitch again this season.
Dr. Micky Collins, a head trauma specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, examined Wright on Thursday and administered a battery of tests.
“I was hesitant about going there because I was feeling better. But I’m glad I did,” Wright said. “I feel a lot more at ease about everything now.”
Wright was struck on the back of his head by a fly ball during batting practice on Aug. 12 in Miami.
Wright said he is not close to getting back on the mound because of problems with his balance.
“Ideally I’ll get to pitch before the year ends but it depends on how I progress,” Wright said. “I still feel it sometimes. Dr. Collins thinks pushing my workouts will help me.”
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