Clay Buchholz, David Ross to DL; Red Sox call up Ryan Lavarnway, Alex Wilson
|06.18.13 at 8:25 pm ET|
The Red Sox placed right-hander Clay Buchholz on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to June 9) due to what the team described as a neck strain, while also placing catcher David Ross on the 7-day disabled list for the recurrence of his concussion-like symptoms. In their places, the team called up catcher Ryan Lavarnway (in place of Buchholz) from Pawtucket and right-hander Alex Wilson (in Ross’ spot.
According to a team source, there has not yet been a decision about whether — with Buchholz sidelined — Allen Webster or Rubby De La Rosa will be called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to start this weekend. Still, barring another player getting placed on the DL, it would have to be Webster who starts, given that De La Rosa needs to remain in the minors for at least 10 days after being optioned (unless he is returned to the big leagues in place of a player who goes on the DL).
Buchholz threw a bullpen session off a mound prior to the night game of Tuesday’s day-night doubleheader, his first bullpen session since he suffered what was described as a sore trapezius muscle in his June 8 start. It was after that throwing session that news of his placement on the DL was announced. With his retroactive date, he could be activated as soon as June 24 (an off-day, followed by a game against the Rockies at Fenway on June 25).
The Sox announced that both Lavarnway and Wilson were expected to be available for the 8:05 game. However, Jarrod Saltalamacchia started the night game of the doubleheader after also starting the day game. Meanwhile, Wilson’s availability will be something of a question given that he threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings (punching out three) on Monday.
From the Red Sox press release:
Buchholz, 28, has gone 9-0 with an American League-leading 1.71 ERA (16 ER/84.1 IP) in 12 starts for Boston this season. The Red Sox have an 11-1 record in his starts in 2013. Buchholz last pitched on June 8 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Lavarnway, 25, returns to the Red Sox for his third major league stint of the season. In three games for Boston this season, he has hit .250 (2-for-8) with 2 RBI. In 38 games for Pawtucket this season, he has hit .261 (36-for-138) with nine doubles, three home runs and 21 RBI.
Ross, 36, was also on the seven-day concussion disabled list from, May 12-24. He originally experienced concussion symptoms after taking a pair of foul balls off his catcher’s mask on May 11 against Toronto. In 23 games for the Red Sox this season, he has hit .185 (12-for-65) with two doubles, four home runs and six RBI.
Wilson, 26, will begin his third stint with Boston this season. In 17 appearances out of the bullpen for the Red Sox in 2013, he has gone 1-1 with a 2.61 ERA (6 ER/20.2 IP). His last major league appearance was last Thursday at Baltimore. In eight games for Pawtucket, he is 1-1 with a 4.22 ERA (5 ER/10.2 IP) with three walks and 12 strikeouts.
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