Buchholz on 15-day DL with 'gastrointestinal situation'

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Buchholz on 15-day DL with 'gastrointestinal situation'

BOSTON The Red Sox placed pitcher Clay Buchholz on the 15-day disabled list with what manager Bobby Valentine called a gastrointestinal situation.

Valentine said Buchholz was healthy in his last start, a win Tuesday against the Marlins, and the day after, "and then he started feeling something."

"I havent gotten a lot of information exactly about how it happened, whatever happened," Valentine said. "We may have more later."

Valentine said he was hopeful of getting Buchholz back after 15 days.

Buchholz will likely be placed on the DL retroactive to June 20, which would make him eligible to be activated on July 5, an off-day. The Red Sox host the Yankees for a four-game series beginning July 6, including a July 7 doubleheader.

Aaron Cook will take Buchholzs scheduled start in Sundays series finale against the Braves. Cook had been on the 15-day disabled list since May 6 with a left knee laceration. He suffered the injury when he was spiked covering home plate on a passed ball in the second inning of the May 5 game against the Orioles. He stayed in the game but lasted just 2 23 innings, giving up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and walk, taking the loss. It was his only major league start this season.

In one rehab start since then, Cook pitched four innings Monday in Syracuse for Triple-A Pawtucket, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts. He was scheduled to start Saturday but was pulled before the game because of Buchholzs status.

What can the Sox expect from Cook today?

After 66 pitches in his last game we probably could build on that but I dont think we could double it, Valentine said.

Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.

Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.

Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.  

Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.  

Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
 

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.

Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.

Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014. 

Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners. 

Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014. 

Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.