On Tuesday, the Red Sox made some unwelcome changes to the active roster when they placed right-hander Clay Buchholz on the 15-day DL retroactive to June 9 and catcher David Ross on the seven-day DL set aside for concussion sufferers.
Buchholz, who hasn't pitched since June 8, is dealing with a neck strain. The 28-year-old is 9-0 with a majors-leading 1.71 ERA. For his career, Buchholz owns an ERA+ of 121 across parts of seven seasons. Buchholz is eligible to come off the DL as soon as June 24.
Ross was struck on the head by a foul ball over the weekend. Last month he suffered a similar injury, again the result of being struck by a foul tip. This season, the 36-year-old is batting .185/.274/.400. With a career batting line of .236/.322/.443, Ross has long been regarded as one of the top backup catchers in the game.