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Clay Buchholz scratched from Tuesday start, could be placed on disabled list

Jun 15, 2013, 4:22 PM EDT

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The Red Sox were hoping that Clay Buchholz would be ready to make his next scheduled start during Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Rays, but Evan Drellich of reports that he has been scratched due to continued discomfort in his neck.

Buchholz left his start last Saturday due to neck tightness. While Red Sox manager John Farrell said that he “felt a little bit better” while throwing today, he’s not ready to test things with a bullpen session. Felix Doubront is now scheduled to pitch one of the two games on Tuesday, but the Red Sox may end up placing Buchholz on the disabled list in order to make room for the other starter.

“Yeah, we are (considering a trip to the DL) and Clay’s well aware of that and we had a chance to talk about where our threshold might be to make a decision,” Farrell said. “Still, bottom line being we’re not going to put him out there until we go through the normal build-up and make sure he’s in a safe place physically.’’

Buchholz leads the majors with a 1.71 ERA and is tied with Detroit’s Max Scherzer for the American League lead with nine wins. The 28-year-old right-hander missed a start late last month due to soreness in his AC joint, but it’s not believed to be related to his current injury.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Jun 15, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Well, that coupled with the fact that Jon Lester has been sucking it up hard of points to a bit of a slump ahead (already started in Baltimore it looks like).

    Just so I know though….we’re all just going to ignore how crappy Lester has been pitching? ERA of 6.08 since his shutout of Toronto.

    And even including that shutout, 5.09 in his last 10 starts.

    And damn, Ortiz now has 2 three baggers this year. How about that?

    • aceshigh11 - Jun 15, 2013 at 7:20 PM

      Lester’s been awful…at least Dempster and Lackey are picking up some slack.

      So they dropped 2 of 3 to the Orioles…still up 2.5 games on them.

      If ANY Sox fan says that they honestly believed the team would be in first at this point in the season, they’re lying…so I’m just enjoying the ride regardless of how it turns out.

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