Clay Buchholz’s Time Is Now

Posted: 24th March 2010 by Keith Testa in MLB
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That Clay Buchholz was battered by the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday will raise few red flags in the Boston Red Sox clubhouse, as the lanky right-hander suffered the thumping during an admittedly sleepy spring training tune-up.

The Calendar still reads March, which is to say the numbers don’t matter yet.

But the Red Sox need to hope the numbers are impressive when they do.

Not just because Buchholz is a key part of the Red Sox rotation—that part is most definitely true, and is indeed critical—but also because at this point the can’t-miss prospect literally can’t miss without the Sox ending up with egg on their face.

Buchholz’s story is no secret. The skinny rookie burst on the scene and fired a no-hitter in his second sta ...

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