Sox now aim for Sunday for Buchholz

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox are mapping out plans to have Clay Buchholz start the series finale in Baltimore on Sunday, manager John Farrell said Tuesday.

Buchholz will have a “ball in his hand” Wednesday, but will not throw a side session, which is what he would do if he was making his regularly scheduled start on Friday. Instead, assuming all goes well, Buchholz will pitch a side session on Friday, which would put him on track to pitch Sunday.

All of these plans come with the same proviso that was in place last month when Buchholz went 10 days between starts because of irritation in the AC joint at the top of his right shoulder. The Sox will not run him out there, Farrell has said, until they are convinced he is 100 percent healthy.

Farrell says he believes the neck condition is related to the discomfort Buchholz was experiencing in his AC joint, though all parties involved insist Buchholz’s pitching shoulder is fine.

Projected Sox starters the next five days:

Wednesday -- Alfredo Aceves

Thursday -- Felix Doubront

Friday -- Ryan Dempster

Saturday -- John Lackey

Sunday -- Buchholz