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.