Clay Buchholz is off to the best start of his career, so every bit of discomfort he feels is being met with precaution from the Red Sox.
Buchholz missed a start towards the end of May with irritation to his AC joint and left Saturday's start against the Angels with tightness in his neck. Red Sox manager John Farrell said the two incidents are related, but he does not expect Buchholz, who has a perfect 9-0 record this season, to land on the disabled list.
Farrell did say that Buchholz may have his next start pushed back if he is still feeling any tightness in his neck but added that he hopes to have him back at some point during Boston's upcoming series with the Baltimore Orioles. Farrell said the team won't take any chances with one of its most valuable arms.
"As we did before when he missed a start, we'll make sure he's 100 percent before we roll him out there," Farrell said in an interview with MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM.
Meanwhile, after Monday's extra-innings game win over the Rays, Farrell said the team will have to do some shuffling with the pitching staff in order to have fresh arms ready for Wednesday's game. Given that the team does not plan to place Buchholz on the disabled list, Farrell will have to find another way to make room for a spot starter.