BOSTON – When Clay Buchholz was scratched from his scheduled start on Monday with inflammation in the AC joint of his right shoulder, it caused some reverberations. At 7-0 with a 1.73 ERA, Buchholz has been one of the most dominant pitchers this season.
But the Red Sox and the right-hander said the ailment was minor and the move was precautionary more than anything. Buchholz said, after the team got in from its nine-game road trip on Thursday morning, he slept at an awkward angle causing the discomfort. He could have started Monday, he said, but took the opportunity with Alfredo Aceves still on the big league roster to rest.
He is now scheduled to start Friday, the start of a three-game series in Yankee Stadium.
“He continues to improve,” manager John Farrell said. “Right now, we have every intention of him starting Friday in New York.”
Buchholz has made five career starts in the current Yankee Stadium, (along with one in the old Stadium), with a record of 3-2, and a 4.97 ERA.