Buchholz may be pushed back a few days

June, 17, 2011
BOSTON -- Clay Buchholz, who had to leave Thursday night’s game after against the Rays in the fifth inning because of a recurrence of his back woes, is likely to get a couple of extra days rest before he starts again.

Buchholz’s next start normally would be Tuesday at home against the Padres, but manager Terry Francona said he was leaning toward backing off the right-hander to give him time to rest up. And because he doesn’t yet have to announce a decision on when Buchholz will pitch next, Francona elected not to do so when meeting with the media Friday.

Buchholz’s back issue caused Francona to push him back a couple of days earlier this season.

"We thought we could calm it down, but obviously we didn’t,” said Francona, who said he knew Buchholz (6-3, 3.48) would fight him about missing a start.

“If it was 40 percent [Thursday night], today it’s 60 percent, so it has gotten better,” said Buchholz.

Francona has options when it comes to giving Buchholz a little extra time. The Red Sox have days off this coming Thursday (June 23) before heading out on the road, and another one the following Monday (June 27).

Plus, Francona announced that left-hander Andrew Miller would be promoted from Pawtucket to start Monday night’s game against San Diego. The Sox will have to make a roster move to make room for Miller, but that won’t come until Monday.

And in one more pitching-related item, Daisuke Matsuzaka was in town Friday. Matsuzaka, who had Tommy John surgery last week, will be going to Los Angeles on Saturday to meet with his surgeon, Dr. Lewis Yocum, for a follow-up exam. Then he will head to Fort Myers for rehab, said Francona.

ESPNBoston.com intern Darren Hartwell contributed to this report.



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