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BOSTON-- According to a report from Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com, Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 9 on Tuesday. The cause was a strained trapezius muscle in his neck.
The Nederland, Texas native threw a bullpen session before yesterday’s night game against the Tampa Bay Rays, but apparently did not show enough progress in order for the Red Sox to start him on Saturday.
"We didn't feel like we had enough time to give him the proper amount of work to prepare for that start," Boston manager John Farrell said. "We didn't want to take any chances."
The 28-year-old will not be eligible to pitch until an interleague game with the Colorado Rockies at home on June 25.
The following is from an official Red Sox press release.
Buchholz has gone 9-0 with an American League-leading 1.71 ERA (16 ER/84.1 IP) in 12 starts for Boston this season. The Red Sox have an 11-1 record in his starts in 2013. Buchholz last pitched on June 8 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
His injury should not be too damaging for the Red Sox as long as they continue their steady offensive production. The team has been swinging the bats well lately, scoring a combined 21 runs in their last five games and overall, they lead the league in runs scored with 371.
With that being said, anytime you lose the top pitcher in your rotation, no matter the length of time it will leave a hole. Particularly on Saturday, Boston needs to swing the bats well in order to offset the absence of Buchholz.