It what is becoming an all-too-familiar scene for the Red Sox, they will put another player on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. The latest to join the walking wounded is Clay Buchholz, who suffered a left hamstring strain last weekend. At the time, the team said it was unlikely he would miss a start, but on Sunday Boston announced that Buchholz would not make his start in Tampa Bay this week, and now he's headed for the DL, retroactive to June 27.
Buchholz will be eligible to return July 15, the first day of games after the All-Star break.
"Since we've waited this long, if we DL him, we can bring him back right after the break,'' manager Terry Francona said. "That's not etched in stone, but it seems like it makes common sense.''
Francona added that is more of a precautionary move than anything: "If he worsens that hamstring, we're going to be all kicking ourselves. What worries us are the unexpected movements you could have in a game.''
Buchholz, who was named to the A.L. roster for the All-Star Game yesterday, says he feels no discomfort while pitching, but that the move was made out of fear of him injuring himself running.
"I don't feel anything jogging or throwing. It's been going from a jog to a sprint and there's still a little tightness,'' the newly-named All-Star righthander said. "We're still throwing on flat ground every day to get a little bit more time.''
The Red Sox will call up Felix Doubront from Pawtucket to take Buchholz's spot. Doubront, who made hisMLB debut June 18, earning a win against the Dodgers after allowing three earned runs in five innings pitched, is set to start Tuesday night in Tampa.
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