No DL for Buchholz

BOSTON -- After the Red Sox placed catcher Victor Martinez (thumb) and Dustin Pedroia (foot) on the disabled list, there was actually some good news Tuesday out of Fenway Park.

Pitcher Clay Buchholz will not need a trip to the DL and should be ready in time for his next start on either Monday or Tuesday.

The right-hander, who suffered a hamstring strain while running the bases in San Francisco last Saturday, played catch on flat ground and said he feels 80 percent better.

“It’s a hamstring strain and we were relieved about that,” said Francona. “We’re a little bit fortunate here with a few days off, which is a little rare having a Monday and Thursday off in the same week. There’s a chance he could pitch Monday, and if he’s not able to, there’s a chance he can pitch Tuesday. If we get to Tuesday and he’s not ready to pitch then we would obviously have to make a move.”

Before a final decision is made, Buchholz will have to prove he’s able to pitch by throwing his normal side session. He’s not too worried about it.

“Just the way it feels I don’t think we’ll have to [go on the DL] or anything like that,” he said.

This is the second time Buchholz has dealt with a left hamstring injury in his career. He missed 10 days with a similar issue while at Triple-A Pawtucket last season.