BOSTON (CBS) — The Red Sox have placed right-handed pitcher Clay Buchholz on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to Tuesday) due to a hyperextended left knee.
Right-Handed Pitcher Alex Wilson has been recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Buchholz met with manager John Farrell and pitching coach Juan Nieves around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, prior to Buchholz throwing a bullpen session.
“When he got into the bullpen, probably at about the 18 or 20-pitch mark, there was some feeling of instability. Can’t say that it’s structural, but when he tried to get increased intensity and get some finish to pitches, there was that sensation that was being felt, and we shut him down at that time,” Farrell said. “We weren’t going to put him at risk if he felt anything coming out of that sensation the other day. That’s where he felt it. It was just with that instability trying to get through some pitches.”
Buchholz looked terrible in his outing on Monday in Atlanta, when he walked eight batters while allowing six earned runs in just three innings. He blamed the heat for wearing him down after he hit a clean single to right field in the top of the third inning. He allowed three hits and three walks in the bottom of that inning, and he allowed a double and two walks before getting pulled in the bottom of the fourth without recording an out.
Farrell said on Tuesday that Buchholz lost seven pounds during the start.
“I was definitely dehydrated. I had some heat exhaustion,” Buchholz told WBZ NewsRadio’s Jonny Miller on Wednesday. “I grew up around that sort of heat, but it’s been a good while since I’ve pitched in something like that. I’m not using that as an excuse. I didn’t do my job that day.”
It capped off a four-game stretch for Buchholz in which he’s posted a 9.50 ERA over 18 innings, allowing 33 hits and 15 walks.
On the year, Buchholz is 2-4 with a 7.02 ERA. Opponents own a .339 batting average against him. This comes after last year’s 12-1 record, 1.74 ERA and .199 opponents’ batting average.
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