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 Posted: Thu Apr 27th, 2017 08:16 pm
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If this is indeed the end of Clay Buchholz's brief tenure in Philadelphia, it clearly isn't how he intended it to go.

Buchholz, who was acquired from the Boston Red Sox in the offseason, made just two appearances in a Phillies uniform this April before he was forced to undergo surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon. The procedure is expected to sideline him for four-to-six months, likely ending his 2017 season just after it began.

On Wednesday, the 32-year-old took some time to reach out to the man who traded for him, general manager Matt Klentak, as well as his teammates, to apologize for getting hurt so early in his tenure with the club.

"I apologized to just about everyone that I should apologize to," Buchholz told Todd Zolecki of "Obviously, I didn't want this to happen, but it did."

"I wasn't 100 percent, but I wasn't 40," he added. "I was probably throwing at 85 percent, just trying to do what I was doing, get by and build arm strength."

Buchholz joined the Phillies after an up-and-down decade in Boston that saw him throw a no-hitter, make two All-Star appearances, and win a pair of World Series rings amid several years of inconsistent performances and injuries. The Phillies likely acquired him and his $13.5-million salary with an eye on flipping him to a contender in July before he reached free agency this winter. Instead, they received just two starts and a 12.27 ERA from the veteran before he was placed on the disabled list.

Although few expect to see him on the mound in a Phillies uniform again, Buchholz remains optimistic about a quick return, and said he's aiming to be back pitching for the team in September.