Bringing back Clay Buchholz isn’t the worst idea

In September of 2007, Clay Buchholz threw a no-hitter in just his second career Major League start. At the time, Buchholz was showing the Red Sox exactly why he was regarded as their top pitching prospect. Now, over a decade later, Buchholz will face those Red Sox for the first time in his 13-year career. This time, he’s trying to prove he can still hack it as a journeyman starter.

Prior to Wednesday’s game, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe talked to Buchholz, who figures he still has something to give at the Major League level…
“I definitely wanted to get back before the season ended to pitch a few games and see if I could open a gate to next season,” Buchholz said. “It’s no secret the game is trending toward younger players but I feel good physically and can help a team.
“I feel like I’m capable of pitching as well as I did five or six years ago. It’s not about money. It’s about considering myself a major league pitcher.”
It’s safe to say that Buchholz has been a bit of a disappointment for the Blue Jays this season. After a …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Richard Ureña optioned to make room on the 25-man roster for Clay Buchholz

Th Clay Buchholz era begins tomorrow. In order to make room to officially add the veteran starter to the roster, the Blue Jays have reportedly optioned infielder Richard Ureña to Triple-A Buffalo.

#BlueJays optioning INF Richard Urena to AAA to make room for Clay Buchholz tomorrow.
— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) April 13, 2019

This is a little odd given the fact Ureña was actually hitting. He has a .350/.381/.500 slash line over 23 plate appearances in seven games playing second, third, and short. I mean, it’s a ridiculously small sample size, but Ureña has been doing well at the plate thus far.
The logic here is likely Ureña will benefit more from playing every day in Buffalo while the Jays give newly-acquired Alan Hansen a serious look as the team’s utility infielder. With Hansen on the roster, it was harder to find reps for Ureña.
If Hansen sucks ass and Ureña continues to hit in Triple-A, I’m sure the latter will come back up eventually.

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation