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Boston Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz could go on the disabled list after his scheduled start for Tuesday was scratched.

Buchholz, who leads the American League with a 9-0 record and 1.71 ERA, has been dealing with a neck injury. He was forces to exit his last start on June 8 with neck tightness.

He was not deemed healthy enough to throw a bullpen session scheduled for Sunday.

"Clay threw today, he feels a little bit better than he did yesterday but not to the point where he's going to throw a bullpen tomorrow," manager John Farrell told MassLive.com Saturday. "So what we do have is benefit with the off day where we can keep guys turn with Felix (Doubloon) going Tuesday, (Ryan) Dumpster Wednesday and staying on turn from there. But right now we haven't announced the other starter for Tuesday."

The Red Sox face the Tampa Bay Rays in a doubleheader Tuesday.

"Yeah, we are (considering the DL) and Clay's well aware of that and we had a chance to talk about where our threshold might be to make a decision," Farrell said. "Still, bottom line being, we're not going to put him out there until we go through the normal build-up and make sure he's in a safe place physically."

Also, the Red Sox sent first baseman Mike Napoli to Boston to have tests done to find out why he has been experiencing dizziness, grogginess and light-headedness since Thursday. A specialist all but ruled out a concussion.

---The Houston Astros agreed to a deal with Stanford pitcher Mark Appel, whom they took with the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft.

CBS Sports reported Saturday that the deal is expected to be worth at least $6 million.

He could be ready for the major leagues in a year. Appel went 10-4 with a 2.12 ERA with 130 strikeouts in 80 innings this year.

---Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes, who has been out since April 12 with a severely sprained ankle, is set to start a rehab assignment Monday.

MLB.com reported that Reyes is expected to play for Class a Dunedin. He played two innings in the field and had three at-bats in a simulated game Friday. He also participated in sliding drills afterward.

Reyes batted .395 with a .465 OBP and five stolen bases in 38 at-bats through the first 10 games of the season before the injury.

---The Miami Marlins placed catcher Miguel Olive on the restricted list Saturday after he left the team.

Olive exited after batting practice Friday as the Marlins were preparing to play the St. Louis Cardinals.

Olive told the Miami Herald that he is unhappy with his playing time.

"I told them I wanted to be released and they wouldn't give it to me," he said. "I don't understand why they don't release me. I told them I wanted to be released because I have 30 days of not playing. I need to play."

---Cincinnati Reds right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with an elbow strain in his throwing arm.

The Reds recalled righty Pedro Villarreal from Class AAA Louisville.

Broxton, 28, has a 4.33 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 20 strikeouts in 27 innings this season.

---The Cleveland Indians announced Saturday that they signed their first round draft choice, outfielder Clint Frazier.

The Indians selected the 18-year-old Frazier out of Loganville High School in Loganville, Ga., with the fifth pick in draft nearly two weeks ago.

Frazier batted .485 with 17 home runs, 45 RBI, 56 runs scored, a .561 OBP and a 1.134 slugging percentage in 32 games as a senior. He was named the Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year.
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