Buchholz scratched from Monday's start

Buchholz scratched from Monday's start
May 26, 2013, 5:30 pm
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BOSTON – In the clubhouse after Sunday’s walk-off win over the Indians, manager John Farrell delivered a piece of ominous-sounding news. Right-hander Clay Buchholz, one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball so far this season, will miss his scheduled start Monday night because of irritation in the acromioclavicular [AC] joint of his shoulder.

The ailment, however, is not believed to be serious and Buchholz could start later in the week, rather than missing an entire turn in the rotation.

Right-hander Alfredo Aceves will take Buchholz’s start against the Phillies Monday night at Fenway Park. Aceves was called up Friday to take a roster spot when Shane Victorino and Will Middlebrooks were placed on the disabled list. With left-hander Franklin Morales expected to be activated from the DL on Tuesday, Aceves would have been the likely candidate to be sent back to Triple-A Pawtucket. Now, barring anything unforeseen or any other injuries, he almost certainly will be.

Buchholz said when he returned from the nine-day road trip early Thursday morning, he had his young daughter, Colbi, who will be 3 in August, in his arms when he fell asleep, causing him to sleep at an awkward angle.

“Got in bed and had the little girl with me and I fell asleep like this [with her crooked in his arm] instead of on my back like I usually do,” Buchholz said. “When I woke up the next morning it felt a little tight, so I came in here and been getting treatment on it. I could pitch tomorrow if I had to, but I don’t have to. So take my time and get it all the way out and pitch in a couple more days.”

Buchholz threw his normal bullpen session on Saturday, and felt it “a little bit.” He could pitch tomorrow, he said, but is opting to be cautious.

“I just I don’t want to go out there, feeling something and feel like I have to alter my delivery to do something and end up hurting something else,” he said. “So that’s basically what this. [The doctor] said I wouldn’t hurt myself any more going out there and pitching, but I’ve never had to pitch with any kind of ill feelings as far as arm and I don’t think now’s a good time to start that. So it is what they say it is and it’s only going to take a couple more days. What’s two days more?”

Farrell said Buchholz has not undergone an MRI. But Buchholz, who said he had a similar issue when he was in the minor leagues, said he underwent X-rays.

“It feels like just a bone bruise, basically,” he said. “It’s right on top of the bone so it’s not a ligament. It’s just a piece of cartilage in between those bones of that joint, that sort of flared up a little bit. Had X-rays and everything on it. So came back [good]. So it’s fine.”

The hardest part about missing a start, he said, is because of the way he has been pitching this season. Buchholz has been one of the most dominant pitchers in the majors. In 10 starts this season, he is 7-0 with a 1.73 ERA. The Sox are 9-1 in his starts.

“Yeah, that’s what’s hard about it,” he said. “I want to be out there every day. I think I would be doing the team an unjustice if I’m not 100 percent like I have been all year. Yeah, that was the tough part, on my half side of it. But fortunately enough we got a couple of guys that can fill in for that one start so it’s not going to hurt anybody.

“Being as early in the season as it is, I want to make sure I’m 100 percent every time I go out there, rather than 80, 85 percent, risks having this that’s going to be something that lingers. Just want to cut it right now and hopefully a couple more days, two, three more days, I’ll be back where I was at.”