Buchholz on 15-day DL with 'gastrointestinal situation'


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.

Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists


Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists

Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field, Mookie Betts in right and Dustin Pedroia at second base are the Red Sox' finalists for the American League Gold Glove awards.

The Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier are the other A.L. center field finalists. The White Sox’ Adam Eaton and Astros’ George Springer are A.L. right field finalists. Joining Pedroia as second base finalists are the Mariners’ Robinson Cano and Tigers’ Ian Kinsler.

Peoria has won four Gold Gloves. Bradley and Betts have yet to win one.

The full list of finalists is here.  The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN

The Red Sox sent out a series of tweets backing each player’s candidacy.

Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League

CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.

The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.

The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.

The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.

The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.