BOSTON -- Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz threw a bullpen before Game 2 on Tuesday night, but apparently did not show sufficient progress to clear him to start this weekend. Buchholz, who has a strained trapezius muscle in his neck, was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 9.
Buchholz will not be eligible to pitch until next Tuesday, when the Sox play the Colorado Rockies in Fenway Park.
The Red Sox also placed catcher David Ross on the 7-day concussion disabled list. Ross was placed on the list back on May 12, and missed 11 games before being activated May 24. Ross was hit by another foul ball in the third inning of last Friday night’s game against the Orioles, and while he finished the game, he hasn’t played since.
The Red Sox will need another starter Saturday in Detroit. The most likely candidate for a call-up at this stage would appear to be Allen Webster, who pitched one-hit ball over six scoreless innings against Buffalo in his last start Friday and wasn’t slated to start again until Thursday.
The Sox have not announced rotation plans past Wednesday, when Ryan Dempster is scheduled to pitch the series finale against the Rays here. John Lackey, coming off his strong start in Baltimore on Saturday (7 IP, 2 ER), figures to stay on regular rest and pitch the series opener in Detroit on Thursday night. It’s conceivable that Sox manager John Farrell could pitch Webster on six days’ rest Friday and give Jon Lester, who pitched Sunday, an extra day’s rest and pitch him Saturday.