Clay Buchholz will be back in the rotation Friday, when the Red Sox travel to New York to face the Yankees, after being scratched Monday against the Phillies with irritation in his collarbone.
He initially felt the pain upon returning to Boston after his most recent start in Chicago May 22. It was determined to be irritation in his right AC joint. The decision to scratch Buchholz was precautionary, the Sox not wanting to turn a minor early-season issue into something that lingered throughout the season.
He threw his normal bullpen session Saturday and played catch and long toss Monday.
“He continues to improve,” said manager John Farrell. “Right now we have every intention of him starting Friday in New York.”
Franklin Morales, who has been out since spring training with injuries to his back and a pectoral muscle, was activated, and Alfredo Aceves, who pitched six one-run innings in Monday’s 9-3 win over the Phillies, was sent back to Triple A Pawtucket.
After going five innings in his rehab start with the Portland Sea Dogs last Thursday, Morales will work out of the bullpen.
“It would have been his normal day to start on rehab today, and given the last three starts that Ryan [Dempster] has gone through, we felt like we needed a multi-inning reliever out there in the pen,” Farrell said. “That's where Franklin comes in.”
Shane Victorino and Will Middlebrooks are both on track to be activated once their respective stints on the disabled list are up. Victorino (hamstring) will be available June 5 and Middlebrooks (low back spasms) will be available June 8. Both will go on rehab assignments before they return. Victorino’s could start as soon as this weekend,
“Everything's trending the right way as far as their recovery," said Farrell, "and we'll look to get each on a rehab assignment before that.”
With the Sox headed into a National League ballpark Wednesday for the first time this season, they will likely make another move Tuesday night, adding an extra position player. Jackie Bradley Jr. is the likely candidate for the call-up for the games in Philadelphia, though Farrell said it hasn't been finalized.
Since being sent to Triple A, Bradley has hit .360 with two home runs and nine RBIs, playing all three outfield positions. He was placed on the disabled list May 4 with biceps tendinitis, but since returning May 17, he has hit .438 (14 for 32) with a home run and six RBIs in eight games.
“Once he got past the shoulder tendinitis and got back on the field, he's been swinging the bat pretty well,” Farrell said. "If he were to come back, it would be as an extra outfielder."