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Boston's Clay Buchholz placed on 15-day disabled list

The 30-year old starter had tests on his right elbow on Friday night.

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Update -- Boston placed Buchholz on the 15-day disabled list, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com.

After a rough 2014 campaign, Clay Buchholz has had success in 2015 but might be out as the trade deadline approaches. Buchholz left his start against the Yankees on Friday night after complaining of elbow tightness, according to ESPN's Gordon Edes, and was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for an MRI.

Buchholz, 30, has been one of the best pitchers in baseball since May, posting a 2.54 ERA in his previous 10 starts heading into Friday. He has posted a 3.26 ERA and 2.61 FIP over 113.1 innings with the Red Sox this season and has made 18 starts while posting a 3.1 WAR, which if it remained that way would be the highest of Buchholz's career.

While the Red Sox are hoping Buchholz will be healthy enough to make his next start, he has been placed on the disabled list at least once in each of the last five seasons. As a result, he has yet to make 30 starts or toss 200 innings and his status as a potential ace has been questioned.

Scott Lauber of The Boston Herald notes Buchholz was consistently hitting 93 or 94 mph with his fastball and his cutter, changeup, and curveball were all solid before he exited. Brian McCann singled to open the fourth inning, Garrett Jones struck out, Didi Gregorious doubled, and two pitches into Stephen Drew's at-bat, Buchholz called catcher Sandy Leon to the mound.

Buchholz has been among Boston's more consistent starters heading into the All-Star break. If he is out for an extensive period of time, the Red Sox will likely consider adding some form of pitching depth before the trade deadline. At 41-46, the Red Sox are still just 6.5 games out of first place in the American League East and might be poised for a big second half.

Although the Red Sox might not consider dealing Buchholz, he has been drawing a notable amount of interest from teams in pursuit of starting pitching. The Pirates were first linked to Buchholz and if he is healthy could be traded over the next few days. But Boston will have to be sure he is healthy first.