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Dbacks Loose Bholz For Season

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo announced after Friday night’s game at Minute Maid Park that right-hander Clay Buchholz was diagnosed with a flexor strain in his right arm, a similar injury to the one that bothered him off and on for years before eventually requiring surgery last year. With this announcement also came the harsh words no Diamondback fan wanted to hear, Buchholz’s season is finished.

How about we start by giving the Diamondback’s front office, and Buchholz a big pat on the back for signing a minor league deal in May and then promptly going RECORD in 16 starts with a 2.01 ERA.

Buchholz underwent an MRI on Friday in Phoenix and met with team physician Dr. Gary Waslewski. During a start last year, Buchholz’s flexor tendon detached and brought a bone fragment with it. He had issues with the flexor dating back to 2015.

Buchholz was a late scratch from Thursday afternoon’s game at Coors Field. He got most of the way through his pregame warmup session before feeling tightness in his elbow. The Diamondbacks turned instead to right-hander Matt Koch, who gave up four runs in three innings.

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As for Buchholz’s next start – scheduled for Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs at Chase Field – that, too, could go to Koch, though Lovullo said the club hadn’t made any decisions.

“I think that’s the obvious choice if and when we need that spot,” Lovullo said. “We’re creatively trying to work through that right now to figure out what our best options are.”

 Speaking of what the Diamondbacks options are, Buchholz is set to hit free agency at the end of the year, meaning he might have thrown his last pitch for the Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks should get Taijuanan Walker back sometime early next year, and of course Patrick Corbin will be a free agent as well.

Can Matt Koch be the spark that the Diamondbacks need to propel them into the postseason? Or will he just be the final nail in their regular season coffin?

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