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Injury updates: Holt available; Buchholz on 60-day DL

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Injury updates: Holt available; Buchholz on 60-day DL

BOSTON - Brock Holt is still out of Tuesday's game against the White Sox, but it should be the last game he misses due to a hyper-extended knee.

John Farrell said prior to Tuesday's game that Holt is available to play, but he thought it would be best to give him one more day off.

Improved today. Went thorough full baseball activity, groundballs, took some swings. He ran, change of direction."

Jemile Weeks takes over at second base, but don't rule out Holt coming on in a pinch-hit situation if the Sox are down late in the game.


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Clay Buchholz was placed on the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday, opening up a spot on the 40-man roster for RHP Jean Machi, who the team claimed off waivers from the Giants.

Putting Buchholz on the 60-day DL makes sense, seeing as the PRP injection he received in his elbow pushed back his recovery a few weeks.

"Once the PRP injection was had, that was adding some time to it," Farrell said. "So now when you start to map out the downtime following the injection, the initial flat ground throwing program, the mound progression, rehab starts, we're into September."

The move is retroactive to when Buchholz was placed on the 15-day DL on July 11. which would make him eligible to return on Sept. 9.

Farrell is confident Buchholz will still pitch this season.

"Still, and I think it'll be important for all involved to go into the offseason with some game activity under his belt," Farrell said. "I would think that that would give some peace of mind to Clay going into the offseason as well as everyone else."

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Speaking of PRP injections, Farrell announced that Pedroia had one as well for his hamstring. That, said Farrell, won't change whatever projected target date they had for his return.

Craig Kimbrel rejects qualifying offer, will enter free agency

Craig Kimbrel rejects qualifying offer, will enter free agency

To the surprise of almost no one, Craig Kimbrel rejected his $17.9 million qualifrying offer from the Red Sox and will test the free agent market for a bigger contract. 

Kimbrel is reportedly looking for a contract worth around $80 million, and this move will allow the Red Sox to receive a draft pick if Kimbrel signs elsewhere. 

Kimbrel recorded 42 saves for the Red Sox on the way to a World Series championship. However, Kimbrel was shaky in the postseason. He allowed seven earned runs in the playoffs but never lost a game in the ninth. 

Kimbrel may fetch big money this offseason as a big-name closer, so the Red Sox will have to decide whether its worth the long term commitment to retain his services. 

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Joe Kelly hopes to stay with Red Sox for rest of his career

Joe Kelly hopes to stay with Red Sox for rest of his career

Joe Kelly had an up-and-down 2018 season with the Red Sox. 

He started the season strong, solidifying himself as a key set up artist for closer Craig Kimbrel. But then he fell off to the point where Red Sox fans did not know if they could count on him in the postseason. 

Kelly finished the year with a 4.39 ERA, only to become one of the best relievers in baseball during the playoffs. In 11.1 innings, Kelly posted a 1.59 ERA with 16 strikeouts. 

Now, the 30-year old right hander is a free agent due for a considerable pay day. Howwever, Kelly told Jim Rome he doesn't see himself playing anywhere other than Boston. 

I love being apart of the team and the coaching staff we have... Everyone gets along so well and I don’t even feel like a free agent, I still feel like a part of the Boston Red Sox. It's a place I feel like I’m going to be the rest of my career. Free agency is going to be fun to see what teams are interested in me, but hopefully I can be a Red Sox for the rest of my career. 

We don't know if the Red Sox plan to spend the money necessary on Kelly or if Kimbrel's sitation will be the deciding factor in Kelly coming back, but at least we know where the releiver wants to be. 

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