With the double header on Tuesday, the Red Sox have a lot of additions to the roster. The one big subtraction may be Clay Buchholz, as he might be headed to the disabled list.
After sitting out three of the four games in Baltimore due to illness, Mike Napoli is back and better. He is in the lineup for Game 1 of Tuesday’s double header against the Tampa Bay Rays, batting in his usual No. 5 spot.
The Red Sox sent Napoli back to Boston so team doctors could evaluate his condition. The doctors have cleared Napoli to play, according to the Boston Globe.
Mike Carp, who injured his hamstring on Sunday’s game in Baltimore, may start game two of today’s double header, according to NESN’s Jenny Dell:
Mike Napoli back in lineup for Game 1. Mike Carp available to play in Game 2. #RedSox
— Jenny Dell (@JennyDellNESN) June 18, 2013
Carp is hitting .405 with five home runs and 12 runs batted in in the month of June thus far, providing depth behind Napoli.
Just in case both were unavailable, Will Middlebrooks was available to move from third to first, as he was taking grounders on the other side of the diamond yesterday, according to ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes. Daniel Nava was also available to come in from the outfield.
Tuesday is D-Day for Clay Buchholz and the condition of his stiff trapezius. According to several sources, he is throwing Tuesday morning before today’s double header to evaluate the progress of his neck.
Buchholz is slated to start Saturday against the Detroit Tigers. If he does not shape up well after his throwing session, a trip to the disabled list is likely.
Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster are the two names that could replace Buchholz’s spot in the rotation. De La Rosa threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings last night against the Columbus Clippers. Allen Webster last pitched on Friday and is slated to pitch Wednesday, although that spot in the rotation has been left open.
[UPDATE] Buchholz decided to move his throwing session back to between Game 1 and Game 2 of Tuesday’s double header against the Rays:
Buchholz has put off throwing session until after first game. #RedSoxTalk
— Sean McAdam (@Sean_McAdam) June 18, 2013
After getting two days off, Dustin Pedroia is back in his third spot in the lineup, playing second base. José Iglesias is available off the bench, and may start game two of the double header.
The Red Sox are facing two right-handed starters, Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi, so Iglesias’s best shot to play might be at the third base to give Middlebrooks a rest.
Also, Alfredo Aceves is getting the start in Game 1, being the 26th man on the roster for the double header. Aceves has gone six innings and given up only one earned run in each of his last two starts with the big club.
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