Buchholz's status up in the air

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell said that right-hander Clay Buchholz remains day-to-day with neck tightness, but acknowledged that the issue may have some relation to the collarbone problem that caused Buchholz to miss a start late last month.

Buchholz left Saturday’s start against the Los Angeles Angels two outs into the seventh inning due to the neck pain, which he said was the result of an awkward throw to try to get Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick on a hot shot up the middle in the sixth.

“The exam is still musculature. It’s close to that AC joint, so I can’t say that they’re not interrelated at some point,” Farrell said, referencing the portion of the collarbone that hindered Buchholz in May. “But it was more the result of that awkward throw last night that started to trigger it and the cramping that followed. So right now he’s day-to-day. And whether his next start is in question, we’ll probably have a better read on that once we get through the Tampa series.”

The Sox visit Tampa Bay for three games starting Monday. They have yet to name a starter for Wednesday’s game, although Franklin Morales is a candidate. Buchholz would be in line to go Friday at Baltimore, but there could be another rotation scramble if this latest issue does not clear up soon.