FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The remaining top free-agent pitcher, Kyle Lohse, is there for the taking, but for now the Red Sox don't feel a hamstring injury to Clay Buchholz and some soreness in Felix Doubront's shoulder are problematic enough to take the leap for Lohse, according to team source.
Lohse won 16 games for the Cardinals last season but has come up empty to this point. Signing him requires draft pick compensation and a multi-year commitment. But the feeling is Lohse will sign somewhere soon, whether it's Cleveland or even the Cardinals, who have lost Chris Carpenter for the season.
Buchholz hurt his hamstring while reaching for ball during pitcher fielding practice. Doubront has been a little sore, but it's early and the team feels both pitchers have plenty of time to recuperate.