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Back injury likely ends season for Buchholz

CHICAGO — Red Sox RHP Clay Buchholz has a stress fracture in his lower back and is unlikely to pitch again this season, Comcast Sports New England reported.

The fracture was discovered by an MRI exam last week, according to the report. Buchholz, who hasn't pitched since June 15 with what the team called a lower back strain, was seeing back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins on Monday in Los Angeles for a second opinion.

Buchholz was moved from the 15- to the 60-day disabled list Sunday to make room when LHP Erik Bedard was acquired from the Mariners. Bedard is scheduled to make his Boston debut on Thursday.

Buchholz, 26, broke out last season, going 17-7 with a 2.33 ERA that was second best in the AL. He is 6-3 with a 3.48 ERA in 14 starts this season.

In other Red Sox news, SS Marco Scutaro left the game against Cleveland in the fourth inning with what the club called dizziness.

OWNER CALLS FOR SALE: Athletics owner Lew Wolff is hopeful that Frank McCourt will soon sell the financially troubled Dodgers so baseball can move forward from the sticky situation.

Wolff said he spoke out publicly on the topic in support of commissioner Bud Selig, a longtime friend and former fraternity brother at Wisconsin.

"For the good of baseball, I sense that all of us would like to get the Dodger situation behind us for everybody's benefit," Wolff said.

FATAL FALL: A 27-year-old man who died when he fell from a stairway during a May 24 Rockies game had marijuana and alcohol in his system at the time. An autopsy report said the amount of alcohol in Robert Seamans' system was twice the legal limit for driving. The report from the Denver medical examiner's office says the drug and alcohol mix was a "significant" factor in Seamans' death.

ANGELS: CF Mike Trout, considered one of baseball's best prospects, was sent back to Double-A Arkansas. Trout, 19, had played sparingly since CF Peter Bourjos came off the disabled list July 23.

ASTROS: 1B Brett Wallace and 3B Chris Johnson were sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

BRAVES: RH reliever Scott Linebrink went on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain.

D'BACKS: 1B Paul Goldschmidt, the minor-league home run leader with 30, was called up from Double-A Mobile.

DODGERS: RHP Rubby De La Rosa went on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation.

GIANTS: Struggling LHP Barry Zito will go back on the disabled list, manager Bruce Bochy said. Details of the injury weren't disclosed.

INDIANS: RHP Carlos Carrasco was suspended for six games and fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing a pitch near the head of Royals DH Billy Butler on Friday. … Former Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez is scheduled to join the team Wednesday in Boston and make his first start Friday.

METS: LHP Johan Santana, trying to come back from September shoulder surgery, had his second rehab start for Class A St. Lucie pushed back a day to Thursday because he didn't feel as strong as he would have liked after his first one.

NATIONALS: Matt Stairs, 43, was unconditionally released a week after being designated for assignment.

PIRATES: 1B Lyle Overbay was designated for assignment two days after the team acquired 1B Derrek Lee from the Orioles.

ROYALS: RHP Kyle Davies went on the disabled list with what the team called a right shoulder impingement.

WHITE SOX: 1B Paul Konerko sat out with a bruised left calf and isn't expected to play today, either.

YANKEES: SS Derek Jeter was out of the lineup a day after bruising a finger when he was hit by a pitch.

Back injury likely ends season for Buchholz 08/01/11 [Last modified: Monday, August 1, 2011 9:50pm]
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