Clay Buchholz is headed to the disabled list with what 7News' Joe Amorosino is calling "intestinal bleeding" likely caused by use of anti-inflammatory medications.
We now know what the illness was that led to Buchholz being scratched from today's start, and it's certainly uglier than most had expected. With Buchholz apparently hospitalized a couple days after his last start, the trip to the DL seems clearly necessary.
The good news is that there at least seems to be a decent explanation for what can be a scary symptom. A quick internet search seems to bear out the idea that anti-inflammatory drugs (Ibuprofen, Aspirin) lead to rather dramatic increases in cases of intestinal bleeding. If that's all this is, then Clay should hopefully be back and ready to go once his DL clock runs out.
In the mean time, the Sox have plenty of options to turn to. Aaron Cook is up for today's start, while Josh Beckett's return will leave Franklin Morales without a designated spot in a five-man rotation. Given the news today, and that Bobby Valentine said Morales would be getting another go as a starter, this seems to loosen things up quite a bit, if not in ideal fashion.