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Clay Buchholz could return to the Red Sox on Wednesday

Sep 25, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

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It appears Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz will indeed return to the major leagues before the end of the regular season. Just before.

According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, Buchholz is scheduled to pitch an inning Monday in the Red Sox’ fall instructional league down in Fort Myers, Florida. If the appearance goes smoothly, he should be cleared to return to the big leagues as a long reliever on Wednesday for Boston’s 2011 regular season finale.

Buchholz has been sidelined since the middle of June because of a stress fracture in his L2 (lumbar) vertebrae. The talented 27-year-old had a decent 3.48 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 60/31 K/BB ratio in 82 2/3 innings before landing on the disabled list.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Sep 25, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Well, that will help, as will those 5 run home runs that they’ll hit.

  2. pisano - Sep 25, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    It looks like he’ll be too late for the party, maybe next year.

  3. proudlycanadian - Sep 25, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    A bad day for Boston sports fans. The Rays won. The Sox lost. The Patriots lost. Even though my Jays lost, I am happy for the winning teams.

    • aceshigh11 - Sep 25, 2011 at 4:49 PM

      What is the root of your derangement? Did a guy from Boston bang your girlfriend, or something?

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 25, 2011 at 4:56 PM

        Unfortunately, you appear to be a bad loser and do not realize it.

      • JBerardi - Sep 25, 2011 at 6:17 PM

        Trolls gotta troll.

  4. aceshigh11 - Sep 25, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Who cares? The season’s over…shut the guy down until next year.

  5. bigharold - Sep 25, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Too little too late.

    • JBerardi - Sep 25, 2011 at 8:14 PM

      Given the state of the Red Sox rotation, a good long reliever might be just enough at just the right time.

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