Red Boston Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz has been scratched from his scheduled start in the Sunday series finale against the Atlanta Braves. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has stated Buchholz will not pitch due to illness. The Boston Red Sox website has indicated that Franklin Morales will start in Buchholz’s place. Valentine was abrupt and to the point when speaking about the situation. He stated: “Clay won’t make his start tomorrow, he’s not feeling well”.
The Red Sox are likely to skip Buchholz’s start in the rotation all together as opposed to simply postponing his start a few days. Valentine went on to all but confirm this by saying: “We’ll see how he feels. I doubt he’s going to be pushed back, probably going to be skipped”.
The right-handed throwing Buchholz is 8 – 2 on the season with a 5.53 ERA through 14 appearances. He has 1 complete game and has allowed 15 home runs while striking out 58 and walking 34. Opposing batters are hitting .295 against him and he has a WHIP of 1.54. Buchholz’s 8 wins are tied for the team lead with Felix Doubront.
Morales, on the other hand is 0 – 1 so far this year with a 3.14 ERA. While he’s only started once thus far, he has appeared in 23 games and has thrown 28.2 innings, giving up 2 home runs, walking 8 and striking out 29. Morales has been relatively solid this year, but it will be interesting to see how many innings he goes tonight.
It seems as if this is par for the course for the 2012 version of the Boston Red Sox. The team has encountered one mammoth bump in the road after another. Despite the adversity and injuries, the Sox are 36 – 34 and are 5.5 games out of the AL East lead.