Red Sox place Clay Buchholz on 15-day disabled list, recall Alex Wilson

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Clay Buchholz is finally headed to the disabled list.

The Red Sox have (finally) placed Clay Buchholz on the disabled list, calling up Alex Wilson to take his place on the active roster.

While the official reason is a hyperextended knee, one needs look no further than Buchholz' 7.02 ERA to know why the Red Sox have decided to put him on the shelf. Make no mistake, Buchholz' struggles are almost certainly physical in nature. Whether his bizarre 2013 injury is still effecting him somehow, or his mechanics are a complete mess, this level of terrible pitching has to have an underlying cause. But it's hard to put a player on the disabled list with "clearly something's wrong," so the Red Sox have gone with the hyperextended knee.

The upshot of this is that every fifth game will no longer leave the Red Sox with a major deficit and an exhausted bullpen. Or at least, there's no longer any guarantee of that. Whether this terrible tradition continues into June will be determined by whoever takes his place, be it Allen Webster or Rubby De La Rosa. But the gamble is certainly better than the guaranteed disaster.

We'll find out who, exactly, the Red Sox turn to in the days to come. But for now, It's Alex Wilson making his latest trip from Pawtucket to Boston. He's pretty much got that seat on the shuttle bus locked up for now, and there's certainly worse positions to be in.

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