Report: Red Sox Starter Clay Buchholz Hospitalized, Placed on 15-Day DL

Manav Khandelwal@@KhandymanSportsAnalyst IIJune 24, 2012

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 19: Clay Buchholz #11 of the Boston Red Sox throws against the Miami Marlins in the first inning during interleague play at Fenway Park June 19, 2012  in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Typical Boston luck.

As soon as the Red Sox decided to go on a 9-2 tear and close to within five games of first place, young starter Clay Buchholz was hospitalized due to a "gastrointestinal situation" and internal bleeding (from ESPN).

Buchholz seemed to have turned a corner following a horrible start to the season, in which he posted a 9.09 ERA even though he went 3-1. Since then, he's been much better in going 5-1 and lowering his ERA over three points.

Clay is the third Boston starter to be sidelined. Josh Beckett is on the DL with shoulder inflammation and Daniel Bard is in Triple-A as he tries to refocus and convert back into a reliever.

Veteran Aaron Cook was activated today and made the start in the 27-year-old's place. Cook is 1-1 with a 9.39 ERA in two isolated starts.

The injury will most likely take Buchholz out for 10 to 14 days, plus any time he needs to get back into baseball shape.

"We're hoping to get him back at the end of the 15 days," manager Bobby Valentine said.

Next up for Boston is a three-game set against Toronto. First pitch is Monday at 7:10 p.m. EST.

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