BOSTON (CBS) – Clay Buchholz has had another scheduled start pushed back due to neck soreness, but the Red Sox are hoping he’ll be able to take the mound Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles.

“He continues to improve,” manager John Farrell said Tuesday evening. “We’ll likely put a ball in his hand (Wednesday) to get his arm moving, see how he feels, with the hopeful intent that he would throw off the mound Friday. That’s a best-case scenario at this point. But if he does get off the mound (Friday), he would definitely be a candidate Sunday.”

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The right-hander was scheduled to start Friday’s series opener in Baltimore, but Ryan Dempster will take the mound in the first of three games against the Orioles.

Buchholz went 10 days between starts last month after suffering irritation in the AC joint in his right shoulder. The team believes this current condition is related to that discomfort, and won’t send the starter out there until he is 100-percent healthy.

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Buchholz currently leads the majors with a 1.77 ERA to go with his 9-0 record. He has struck out 81 batters over 84.1 innings or work while allowing just 57 hits.


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