Buchholz pushed back again

PHILADELPHIA -- Little Baby Buchholz continues to wreak havoc with the Red Sox rotation.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Clay Buchholz still felt some discomfort in his AC joint (collarbone area) while throwing a bullpen here Wednesday, leading Farrell to reshuffle the rotation again.

Buchholz, who was passed over his scheduled start Monday after reporting the issue with his AC joint, a result, the team maintains, of the player's falling asleep with his toddler daughter lying on his shoulder, was to have pitched Friday night in the Bronx, the opener of a three-game series against the Yankees.

Instead, left-hander Franklin Morales, who was activated Tuesday after being on the DL all season, will start here Thursday, with left-hander Jon Lester pushed back to Friday. Farrell said he has not ruled out using Buchholz against the Yankees, but the Sox are listing Felix Doubront to start Saturday, which would appear to leave Sunday as the only option for Buchholz. Sunday will be Ryan Dempster's day to pitch on regular rest.

Buchholz has not pitched since May 22 in Chicago. He is 7-0 with a 1.73 ERA, the lowest ERA in the American League.

"He feels improved, but still feels some symptoms in that AC joint," Farrell said. "When he mentioned that, this is something I took out of his hands. I made the decision to give him a couple other days. He's still possible in the New York series, but while he's feeling improved we felt it best to give him a couple other days."

Farrell said Buchholz will throw again here Thursday, which could determine whether he starts against the Yankees. Farrell said the Sox want to be sure that when Buchholz does return to the mound, he does so without any doubts or concerns that he could hurt himself.

"The arm slot is the same, the delivery is the same," Farrell said. "It's located in the AC joint. There's nothing in the rotator cuff. All the strength tests are strong, consistent with spring training. It's just something we want to quiet down completely."