BOSTON -- Clay Buchholz has been scratched from his scheduled start Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies for precautionary reasons after feeling discomfort in his right collarbone. Alfredo Aceves will start in his place.
Buchholz expressed very little concern over the issue and feels he will start in a few days and avoid being skipped in the rotation entirely. He said he slept wrong on his right side while cradling his daughter after the team returned from Chicago on Wednesday, and woke up with some minor irritation.
“The night we got back from the road trip, just got in bed and had the little girl with me and I feel asleep like this [with her crooked in his arm] instead of on my back like I usually do,” Buchholz said. “When I woke up the next morning it felt a little tight. So I came in here and have been getting treatment on it. I could pitch tomorrow if I had to, but I don’t have to. So I’ll take my time and get it all the way out and pitch in a couple more days.”
Buchholz said the decision to skip his turn was his call. He added that if it were September he would pitch, but doesn’t want to alter his delivery to account for discomfort in the shoulder and then have another injury pop up.
The right-hander had a chance to become the American League’s second eight-game winner. At 7-0 with a 1.73 ERA, he will have to wait a few more days to try to keep alive his impressive run.
“That’s what’s hard about it. I want to be out there every day,” he said. “I think I would be doing the team an injustice if I’m not 100 percent like I have been all year. That was the tough part, on my half side of it. But fortunately enough, we’ve got a couple of guys that can fill in for that one start so it’s not going to hurt anybody.”
Buchholz said he had an X-ray, which showed no damage. Manager John Farrell said no more tests are necessary and that the rest of the shoulder is not at risk. Buchholz even went through a bullpen session Saturday and plans to play catch Monday.
“It’s in that [acromioclavicular] joint area so there’s no real concern or harm to that throwing shoulder, but it’s irritating enough where he doesn’t feel 100 percent, and really precautionary more than anything we backed him out,” Farrell said.
Buchholz said he felt this once before while pitching in the minors.
Aceves was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday, primarily for bullpen depth after starter Ryan Dempster went just three innings the night before. Aceves pitched one inning in relief Friday. He was in the rotation for the PawSox following an April 24 demotion, going 2-1 with a 3.13 ERA in four starts.