posted at 7/23/2013 10:47 AM EDT
In response to RedSoxKimmi's comment:
In response to tomnev's comment:
My thoughts had been either lay is hurt more seriously than was reported or he was a guy who didint have great pain tolerance.....looks like the latter is true.....the below quote from John Farrell speaks Volumes....the sox clearly think that Clay should have been back on the mound by now, if he had only pushed his way through the intial discomfort of a recovered injury.....you donlt see Managers make statements like this too often.
From my understanding of the exam and what Dr. Andrews relayed to [Buchholz] is that he's going to feel some, at times, some little stiffness or discomfort just by virtue of getting back in pitching shape," Farrell said. "[Andrews] felt that as [Buchholz] ramps back up, he;s going to experience some of those but the root of it is not because of an injury. It's more just reconditioning and getting the throwing arm back in shape.
"I would think there would be more readiness on his part to push through that."
My opinion is that Clay was concerned, and rightly so, that if he pitched while still in pain, he risked doing further damage to his shoulder. In that respect, I can understand why he would not want to push through the pain.
With Dr. Andrews' diagnosis confirming what the Sox medical staff has already told him, and with the reassurance that Clay will not cause further damage to himself by pitching through the pain, I fully expect Clay to ramp it up and be back on the mound soon.
If he continues to claim that he cannot or will not pitch until he is pain free now that he should have some peace of mind, then I think we can question his mental toughness.
I dont think that Clay cares whether fan's question is Mental tougness, but the quote from his Manager seems to indicate his Manager is questioning his Mental toughness....which probably mean alot of his teammates arent happy with him either...hopefully you are correct and it will all be behind him now.