Clay Buchholz had his bullpen scratched on Thursday afternoon, according to ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes. The plan is for the Boston Red Sox to re-examine their pitcher on Friday as they try to get him re-acclimated after placing him on the disabled list June 9 with a strained neck.
The 28-year-old has posted a 9-0 record with a 1.71 ERA in 12 starts with the Red Sox this season. He was placed on the disabled list June 8 after a start against the Los Angeles Angels.
It's unclear when Buchholz will be able to return to the Red Sox rotation, though Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports that the pitcher didn't pick up a baseball during All-Star break.
Manager John Farrell says Buchholz is disappointed with the plateau he's reached, causing him to not be able to take his time in the bullpen session on Thursday, but feels his pitcher will still take the mound this season.
Farrell on Buchholz: "We have every intention and hope and outlook that he will resume pitching this season."— Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) July 18, 2013