Clay Buchholz's days in Boston with the big league Red Sox may be numbered.
During his less-than-stellar performance tonight, Buchholz surrendered three home runs and five earned runs to the Chicago White Sox in just three innings pitched. The loss dropped Buchholz to 2-8 and raised his ERA to 6.32 on the season.
Buchholz needs to be sent down to AAA Pawtucket, whether to work on his mechanics or to repair his psyche. Buchholz may need help with both of these issues.
He should have been sent down following tonight's game if not for Tim Wakefield's placement on the 15-Day DL.
Bartolo Colon is ready to return to the Red Sox after completing his rehab stint for Pawtucket, so he could take Wakefield's spot as the No. 4 starter in the rotation.
The question is: Who would take Buchholz's spot as the No. 5 starter with Wakefield out?
There are two options.
The first option is inserting Justin Masterson back into the rotation. Masterson has shown that he is capable of making successful spot starts in the major leagues. Masterson is already with the Red Sox, currently pitching effectively out of the bullpen.
The second option is calling up AAA pitcher Charlie Zink to make a start or two while waiting for the return of Wakefield. Zink is 13-4 with a 2.89 ERA at AAA Pawtucket this year. He has a minuscule WHIP of 1.13.
Whether the Red Sox like either of these options or not, they need to choose one of them because Clay Buchholz simply isn't getting the job done.