Baseball has taken a back seat for Clay Buchholz at the moment as he’s now focused on getting 100% healthy after being diagnosed with esophagitis. Buchholz was released from hospital late Tuesday night and has already joined the team in the clubhouse prior to today’s afternoon game against the Toronto Blue Jays. He won’t however accompany the club on their upcoming west coast road trip as he now aims to fully recover from the setback.
The Red Sox made the following statement about Clay, courtesy of the Boston Globe:
“Clay Buchholz has esophagitis, which led to an erosion of the esophagus and an associated gastrointestinal bleed. He has been evaluated and observed at Mass General Hospital. Clay is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery.”
At this point it is unknown as to how long the right-hander will be away from action, but any time you’re forced to be hospitalized, including two days in ICU and receive 3-4 pints of blood a longer than usual absence is understandable.
Buchholz told the media that during his stay he did not eat for three days and surprisingly he only lost 3 pounds. Upon getting his appetite back Buchholz said “you don’t know how good food is until you’ve had to eat hospital food for a few days.”
For the record, it’s been reported that both John Henry and Larry Luchhino were among his visitors during his hospital stay.