Now Commenting On:

Red Sox can be cautious with Buchholz

Red Sox can be cautious with Buchholz

SAN FRANCISCO -- Clay Buchholz was walking around the clubhouse with a clear limp the day after hyperextending his left knee while running the bases. However, there is encouragement for two reasons. The first is that there's nothing structurally wrong with Buchholz's knee. The other is that the Red Sox are unusually flexible with their rotation this week, thanks to off-days Monday and Thursday.

"He's a little bit black and blue in his knee, which means there's a little bit of bleeding," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "Saying that, he feels pretty good. He has pretty good range of motion. I think he was doing some work in [the trainers room] and it kind of spasmed up on him. We have multiple off-days coming up. At least it gives us an opportunity -- we can wait. We've already talked to [Tim Wakefield] a little bit about possibly what the week looks like.

"But we'll go back [Monday] and I'm sure tonight a little bit, too, and talk to [general manager] Theo [Epstein] a little bit, and see how everybody is feeling. Kind of get our week in order. But we have some flexibility, which is great."

The way the rotation falls, Buchholz's regularly scheduled turn would be Saturday at Fenway Park against the Orioles. But Jon Lester would be rested enough to make that start if need be, and John Lackey could pitch Sunday, with Daisuke Matsuzaka taking the ball on July 5 against the Rays. If Buchholz requires extra rest, the Red Sox could actually wait until July 6 before they need a fifth starter in the rotation.

"At this point, his knee is good, but he's got a lower hamstring so it's kind of up to how he feels," Francona said.

Buchholz leads Boston's rotation in wins (10) and ERA (2.45).

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español