DETROIT — The Red Sox were hoping Clay Buchholz would throw off the mound in the bullpen today. It did not happen. Buchholz threw only in the outfield.
That would seem to eliminate him from starting on Tuesday. It also could trigger the need for a minor league rehab assignment given his lack of innings this month. Since June 2, Buchholz has pitched in one game.
• Will Middlebrooks is out of the lineup for the fourth time in five games. It’s clear that Jose Iglesias is the third baseman now. Given his hot streak, the Red Sox would be foolish not to play him every day.
“Anyone in here wants to play every day,” Middlebrooks said. “I’m a competitor. I want to compete. Do I understand the circumstances? I do. [Iglesias] is playing his ass off. He’s a good player. He deserves every bit of the playing time he’s getting right now. I’m more disappointed in myself. I didn’t take advantage of the opportunities I’ve had.”
• The Red Sox optioned righthanded reliever Pedro Beato to Triple A Pawtucket to make room on the roster for Allen Webster.
• How about those Blue Jays? That’s 10 in a row and they’re tied with the Rays. Jose Reyes will be back soon, too. Every team in the AL East is over .500 and only the Jays (-2) have a negative run differential.