MASH Unit: Buch may hit DL; Carp confident; Napoli passes test

The Guru
Contributing Writer

If Clay Buchholz doesn't throw in the bullpen Tuesday, he's likely headed for the disabled list. Buchholz is still experiencing pain in his neck. If he’s alright after the bullpen session, he could start Saturday in Detroit. If Buchholz can't go, the Saturday starter could be Rubby De La Rosa or Allen Webster.

That' a lot of "if's".

Manager John Farrell said, "He's not at a point physically where he feels like he can get on the mound tomorrow without the potential of setback."

Buchholz has made just one start since June 2. The longer he stays out, the more likely it becomes that he will need a minor league rehab assignment before he returns.

Mike Carp left yesterday’s 6-3 loss to the Orioles with a tight right hamstring.

“Felt it a little bit and then I hit the line-drive and I had a little concern right there,” Carp said. “Got the rest of tonight off, tomorrow, almost two full days until we have to play again. I’m pretty confident I’ll be back in there on Tuesday.”

Carp is hitting .320 with eight home runs, second on the club, in limited playing time.

Farrell reported that first baseman Mike Napoli — who hasn’t played since exiting last Thursday night’s game due to nausea and dizziness — was doing better after undergoing tests in Boston. The team said it’s not concussion related. Look for Napoli to return for Tuesdays double-header against the Rays.

Reliever Clayton Mortensen remains on the 15-day disabled list due to a right hip impingement. He’s eligible to come off the DL next week. Mortenson is 1-2 with a 5.34 ERA this year.

Pitcher Daniel Bard is on the DL for Double-A Portland with a strained abdominal Muscle. In 13 games with the Sea Dogs, Bard has a 6.39 ERA and has walked 17 batters while only striking out six in 12.2 innings.

Outfielder Ryan Kalish continues to rehab in Fort Myers after off-season shoulder surgery. If he’s lucky, he’ll be cleared for some minor league games in August.

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