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Clay Buchholz on track for September 4 return

Aug 25, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

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Boston’s rotation is about to get a massive boost.

According to beat writer Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, right-hander Clay Buchholz is slated to make his first minor league rehab start on Sunday afternoon with Low-A Lowell and a second rehab start on Friday night. If both of those outings go well, he will likely be cleared to rejoin the Red Sox five days later — on September 4 — for the series finale of a big three-game set against the Detroit Tigers.

Buchholz opened the 2013 season with a 9-0 record, 1.71 ERA and 1.02 WHIP over his first 84 1/3 innings (12 starts), but he hasn’t pitched in a major league game since June 8 due to neck and shoulder issues.

The Red Sox are currently tied with the Rays atop the American League East standings.

  1. aceshigh11 - Aug 25, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Very good news. If he comes back like his early-season self, it could be a legitimate game-changer for the division.

    • theskinsman - Aug 25, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      If he can come back and perform as well as before,The Sox will pull away from Tampa.Baltimore lacks an ace, Lester and Lackey are pitching very well,and the yanks aren’t serious contenders for anything except some couch time to watch the good teams on TV when the playoffs start.
      ** The preceding comment is a special gift to Harry,and his sibling by another mother,badintent.

      • aceshigh11 - Aug 25, 2013 at 3:12 PM

        Very true.

        So glad to see Lester and Lackey stepping up…

        In fact, I feel REALLY bad for Lackey (I know, I know) because he’s pitching great but going up against all these aces and is getting no run support.

        One more solid pitcher on the staff, and things will look much brighter.

      • badintent - Aug 26, 2013 at 3:23 AM

        Hope Verlander hits Ortiz with 4 pitches. Or 5.
        This message was approved by Arod and Girardi.
        Sox will choke. It’s in their DNA. NFL.No Fucking Losers

      • theskinsman - Aug 26, 2013 at 5:40 AM

        You sad little mouse.Reduced to hoping other teams can somehow exact the revenge your team of she-men wouldn’t do. Did it occur to you Hal and Hank paid Dempster to plunk A-fraud?
        Maybe Joba can hit Youk in batting practice.That’s all that head hunter is good for now.Enjoy losing the series to Tampa? That’s what happens when you play better teams.

  2. professor30 - Aug 25, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    so much for missing a start because he slept on his shoulder wrong.

  3. shoehole - Aug 25, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    If nothing changes weather wise, Buckholz will be going against Detroits number five starter, Porcello.

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