Clay Buchholz

Red Sox place Clay Buchholz on disabled list with flexor strain

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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 CSNNE.com 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.