MASH Unit: Buchholz can't go; Ross sent home; Nava battling through

The Guru
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Clay Buchholz will not be coming off the disabled list Tuesday as the Red Sox had hoped. Buchholz was scheduled to throw in the bullpen Saturday, but he was still dealing with neck pain and only threw in the outfield.

Buchholz has been on the DL since June 9 with a sore right trapezius muscle.

With Buchholz unable to go, he will need at least a one start in the minor leagues before he does return to the rotation , according to manager John Farrell.

"It’s likely that at some point, we’re probably going to get him out on a rehab assignment, at least one start for now. But there’s no timetable for that. We’ve got to get him on a mound first. We feel like it’s going a little slower than we anticipated.”

Red Sox catcher David Ross, who was placed on the seven-day concussion DL for the second time this season, visited with a concussion specialist at the University of Pittsburgh on Thursday. Based on that visit, Ross has been sent home to Florida to recover. There is no timetable for his return. John Farrell told reporters, “He’ll return home to Tallahasee, until his next scheduled appointment, which is the first week of July. We have to really be cautious."

The Make-Daniel-Nava-an-all-star movement may have taken a hit this week. Nava is 2 for his last 25 and 11 of 60 in his last 15 games with 14 strikeouts. Nava has been dealing with a thumb issue and has had it heavily wrapped the last two games. Farrell said,"He's got a thumb issue every now and then on his swing. He'll feel a little bit of soreness or a sensation in there." For now it looks like Nava will try to battle through it.

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