Clay Buchholz

Red Sox place Clay Buchholz on disabled list with flexor strain


After making an early exit from Friday’s start against the Yankees due to elbow stiffness, Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz was placed on the 15-day disabled list this afternoon.

The good news is that Buchholz doesn’t have any ligament damage, but Sean McAdam of reports that he was diagnosed with a flexor strain. He’ll be shut down from throwing for a week before being re-evaluated, but there’s no clear timetable for his return.

Buchholz has been Boston’s best starter for a large chunk of the season, posting a 3.26 ERA with 8.5 K/9 and 1.8 BB/9, so it’s a really tough blow.

With Buchholz out of the mix, the Red Sox have called up prospect left-hander Brian Johnson. Ranked as the No. 82 prospect by Baseball America coming into the year, the 24-year-old had a 2.73 ERA and 81/26 K/BB ratio in 85 2/3 innings over 16 starts with Triple-A Pawtucket this season.