RHP Clay Buchholz’s first season in Philly likely over with forearm injury

The Phillies were hoping to catch lightning in a bottle with the 32-year-old starter whose ERA is 12.27 over 7 1/3 innings.

Phillies right-hander Clay Buchholz's first season in Philly might be his last after only two starts.

Buchholz will get a second opinion Monday from Dr. James Andrews after an MRI exam showed a partial tear in a group of muscles in his forearm, according to The News Journal in Delaware.

Technically speaking, the tear is in Buchholz's right flexor pronator mass, an injury similar to the strained right forearm that sidelined him the final three months of the 2015 season with the Red Sox.

His velocity, The News Journal noted, has been down markedly this season, and in 7 1/3 innings over two starts his ERA is 12.27 ERA.

The Phillies were hoping to catch lightning in a bottle with the 32-year-old starter, whose career has been sliding since 2013 when he was 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA for the world champion Red Sox.

He is being paid $13.5 million on a one-year deal.

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