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Red Sox place Clayton Mortensen on disabled list; Clay Buchholz expected to avoid DL

06.11.13 at 3:38 pm ET

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Red Sox have placed right-hander Clayton Mortensen on the 15-day disabled list due to a right hip impingement that he has been managing since April. The 28-year-old is 1-2 with a 5.34 ERA this year with 6.2 strikeouts and 4.7 walks per nine innings this year. He threw a scoreless inning on Monday, continuing a year where he’s been outstanding on the road (1.69 ERA) while struggling at Fenway (9.42 ERA).

Mortensen said that he’s been dealing with the impingement since a series against the Orioles in early April. He appeared on April 11, taking the loss while allowing a run in 1 2/3 innings. Starting with that appearance, he has a 5.81 ERA. Prior to that, he’d allowed one run in 4 1/3 innings with five strikeouts and one walk.

With Mortensen out, Jose De La Torre has returned to the big leagues. The 27-year-old has a 2.17 ERA, 9.9 strikeouts and 5.3 walks per nine in Triple-A this year. He’s given up two runs in two big league innings.

Meanwhile, Red Sox manager John Farrell, in an appearance on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM, suggested that right-hander Clay Buchholz may have his scheduled Friday start against the Orioles “pushed back a couple of days,” but the team expects him to avoid the disabled list. Presumably, the team will free a roster spot for a spot starter — most likely Alfredo Aceves, though Farrell also cited Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa as candidates — on Wednesday by returning De La Torre to Pawtucket.

“Whether or not [Buchholz is] able to throw his normal bullpen, which would be tomorrow, that would put him in line for his scheduled start on Friday, that may be pushed back a couple of days. And it’€™s likely that it will be at this point,” Farrell said on MLB Network Radio. “But given that we had the rainout last Friday, the double-header on Saturday, we’€™ll be able to get through his scheduled start that was set for Friday without having to call somebody up. [Wednesday] we need a spot starter.  It was originally scheduled to be [Franklin] Morales. He ended up pitching the last two innings of last night’€™s game.  So we’€™ve got a little shuffling going on right now that we’€™re yet to make that decision on who it will be tomorrow as a starter. …

“I don’€™t think Clay is going to need to go on the disabled list.  We feel like the improvements he’€™s made over the last couple days … we’€™re hopeful that it will be sometime in Baltimore that he gets back to the mound.  But as we did before when we skipped him a start we’€™ll make sure he’€™s 100 percent before running him out there.’€

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