With milestones in reach Buehrle ready to go

CLEVELAND – Football season is well underway, but that wasn’t the reason Mark Buehrle appeared to be wearing shoulder pads before Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians.

Buehrle continued to get treatment for a bruise on his left shoulder that he suffered at the end of his start last week against the Kansas City Royals when he was drilled by a comebacker. He is scheduled to take the mound Tuesday night in Cleveland.

His treatment Tuesday consisted of a heating pack under wraps on his shoulder. Buehrle said he still feels some residual soreness from the injury but expects it to be gone by the time he takes the mound for Tuesday night’s game.

Buehrle needs just one more start and 7 2/3 innings to reach 30 starts, 200 innings and double digits in victories for the 11th consecutive season which is not only a franchise record, but the longest active streak of its kind in baseball.

Buehrle figures to get at least two starts before the end of the season so even if he doesn’t come four outs from a complete game Wednesday, he can still get the necessary innings for 200 when he takes the mound again.

Buehrle said that even if he does feel soreness when he faces the Indians, it shouldn’t affect his mechanics. When he tried throwing a day after his injury, he said he didn’t feel any discomfort until his release point, immediately after his throwing motion was completed.