Originally written on MLB Injury News  |  Last updated 10/21/14
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Clay Buchholz’s Sunday start against the Baltimore Orioles has been in question since the right-hander exited his last appearance early due to a neck injury. Yesterday, the Boston Red Sox opted to continue playing it safe with Buchholz, as manager John Farrell told reporters – including JeffSeidel and Teddy Cahill of MLB.com – that the right-hander’s next start would be pushed back a few days. At this point, the team is hoping Buchholz can pitch on Tuesday, but they aren’t setting that in stone. "As we've stated before, we're going to make sure there are no symptoms felt," Farrell said. "So we're targeting more like Tuesday. This is basically two additional days. I wish I could say it's going to be a concrete thing for Tuesday, but we feel like two additional days with be [enough] time to get over the soreness. But we won't put him out there until he's symptom free." Buchholz has been dealing with neck and AC joint issues lately, and the Red Sox were initially hopeful he’d be able to take the mound Sunday against the O’s. While the AC joint is OK, Farrell said there continues to be soreness in Buchholz’s neck, prompting Boston to scratch him Sunday in favor of Jon Lester. "Clay threw again today, with some slight improvement," Farrell said before Thursday's series opener in Baltimore. "There's still some soreness in that neck muscle, the base of the muscle, but everything in the AC joint is free and clear." The Red Sox don’t want to take any chances that would result in Buchholz required a more extended absence or stint on the disabled list. The 28-year-old has been phenomenal so far this season, posting an ERA of 1.71 to go with his 1.020 WHIP over 12 starts spanning 84 1/3 innings. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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