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Clay Buchholz might have to be skipped again

May 29, 2013, 6:28 PM EDT

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Clay Buchholz did not take his turn in the Red Sox starting rotation Monday against the Phillies due to discomfort in his right AC joint, which is below the collarbone. He was expected to return on Friday to face the Yankees, but that has now been ruled out.

According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, the right-hander felt lingering soreness in his collarbone while throwing a bullpen session on Wednesday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park so Jon Lester has been named Friday’s starter and reliever Franklin Morales has been pushed into Lester’s spot on Thursday. Felix Doubront will pitch Saturday and the hope is that Buchholz will be ready to rock for Sunday night’s series finale in New York. But that’s up in the air right now.

Buchholz is going to test his arm Thursday in another bullpen session before a decision is made. The 27-year-old is 7-0 with a sparkling 1.73 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 73/27 K/BB ratio through 72 2/3 innings this season.

  1. protius - May 29, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    It’s the sunscreen.

  2. maritime85 - May 29, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    and this is why cbs fantasy baseball sucks yet again

  3. trollingforjustice - May 29, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    make a mixture of 1 part rosin and 3 parts bullfrog spf#27 and rub vigoriously over the collerbone any leftover product…just rub off on your arm. the pain will go away instantly

  4. raysfan1 - May 29, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    More specifically, the AC joint is the joint between the clavicle (collar bone) and the acromion process of the scapula (shoulder blade).

  5. jcmeyer10 - May 29, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    The Red Sox forgot to reup their Amazon Prime subscription so they had to their sunscreen delivered with Standard shipping.

    I’m a Sox fan but it’s fun to joke.

  6. thebigtim2012 - May 29, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Why take risks so early in the season skipping him is the right move

  7. theskinsman - May 30, 2013 at 5:22 AM

    I just hope it’s cleared up soon.

  8. mungman69 - May 30, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    I think that they should DL him. It’s a loooong season.

  9. alwaysgame7 - May 30, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Durability has always been his biggest question mark… Kid could be astonishing if he could stay off the DL

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