Royals cut ties with two-time All-Star Clay Buchholz after three minor league starts

Clay Buchholz signed with the Royals in March as he attempted to return from right forearm surgery that caused him to miss most of last season.
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BOSTON — Pitcher Clay Buchholz was released from a minor league contract by the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, the day he had the right to terminate the deal and become a free agent.

The 33-year-old right-hander signed with the Royals in March as he attempted to return from right forearm surgery that caused him to miss most of last season.

Buchholz started for Triple-A Omaha on Saturday, allowing one earned run and four hits over five innings in a no-decision at Colorado Springs. In two appearances with Omaha and one with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, Buchholz had a 1.13 ERA but walked seven in 16 innings. If added to Kansas City’s 40-man roster, he would have received a one-year contract with a $1.5 million salary while in the major leagues.

He was a two-time All-Star with Boston, and in his second major league start pitched a no-hitter against Baltimore in 2007.