Red Sox righthander Clay Buchholz has been scratched from Monday's start against Philadelphia due to an irritation in his right AC joint in the collarbone area.
John Farrell and Buchholz said the area started getting sore after his last start. Buchholz said he slept the wrong way while his young daughter slept on the right shoulder. Buchholz said he threw in the bullpen yesterday and felt it but expects not to miss a full turn in the rotation and that he would like to pitch later this week.
Alfredo Aceves will make the start tomorrow against the Phillies.
Buchholz is 7-0 with a 1.73 earned run average and a 1.05 WHIP. The Red Sox are 9-1 in his starts. Aceves is 1-1, 8.20 and will be making his fourth start.
"The night we got back from the road trip, just 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. When I woke up the next morning it felt a little tight," Buchholz said. "So I came in here and been getting treatment on it. I could pitch tomorrow if I had to, but I donít have to. So take my time and get it all the way out and pitch in a couple more days," he said.
Buchholz said it was his call to miss the start, but that he's rather go out there when he's 100 percent rather than be held back. He said if he had to pitch tomorrow night he would have, but the Red Sox seem to have options in the form of Aceves.
"I want to make sure Iím 100 percent every time I go out there, rather than 80, 85 percent," Buchholz said. "Just want to cut it (risk of it lingering) right now and hopefully a couple more days, two, three more days, Iíll be back where I was at."
Buchholz had never faced the Phillies before.
"It doesnít make me alter my delivery at all. Itís just something thatís there and the doctors have all said I can go out and throw and Iím not going to hurt anything. Itís just that joint, where itís at, it has a little bit of cartilage in the middle and they said I irritated the cartilage by sort of laying on it and pinching it," he said.
Buchholz said it's tough to sit out because of the way he's been pitching.
"Yeah, thatís whatís hard about it. I want to be out there every day. I think I would be doing the team an injustice if Iím 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 itís not going to hurt anybody."
Buchholz said he's had this before.
"Yeah, in minor leagues, it feels like just a bone bruise, basically. Itís right on top of the bone so itís not a ligament. Itís 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 itís fine."
Buchholz said he threw a full bullpen on Saturday.
"A little bit," he said when asked whether it bothered him. "It's just I donít 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. Iíve never had to pitch with any kind of ill feelings as far as arm and I donít think nowís a good time to start that. So it is what they say it is and itís only going to take a couple more days, whatís two days more?"
Buchholz said he would play catch on Monday. He expects to start later in the week.
"Yeah, thatís sort of what weíre looking at right now. I donít know an exact day, but yeah. I donít think Iíll miss a full turn in the rotation," he said.