MASH Unit: Miller to DL; Victorino hurting; Clay plays catch

The Guru
Contributing Writer

The Red Sox announced today that left-handed reliever Andrew Miller has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left foot sprain. The Sox recalled pitcher Alfredo Aceves from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Miller was hurt backing home plate in last nights 9-7 loss. Miller seemed to slip or get his spikes caught in the grass before going down. Miller had to be helped off the field and was sent to a local hospital for x-rays. The x-rays were negative, but Miller was in a walking boot and headed back to Boston for more tests.

Miller has been one of the Red Sox best relievers this season. He's 1-2 with a 2.64 ERA and 48 strike outs in just over 30 innings.

With Miller and Franklin Morales both on the DL, Craig Breslow is now the only left-handed reliever in the bullpen. The Red Sox may be looking at possible trade options.

Outfielder Shane Victorino left last nights game with tightness in his left hamstring. The injury doesn't appear to be serious enough to require another DL stint, but he'll miss tonight's game. It's been bothering the right fielder most of the season.

Clay Buchholz, who hasn't pitched since early June, played catch yesterday and plans to throw from 120 feet today.

Manager John Farrell said Buchholz could make a minor league rehab start next week.

Buchholz doesn't sound so sure, "Physically, if I feel good enough to do it, yeah I want to get back as quick as I can. But it's already taken this long, so there's no need to rush it and have a setback."

Buchholz was named to the AL All-Star team yesterday, but obviously won't be pitching. This is the second All-Star game Buchholz has missed because of injury.

Shortstop Stephen Drew, on the DL with a hamstring injury, will be eligible to return on July 14, the last game before the All-Star break.

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