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UPDATE: Clay Buchholz set to rejoin Red Sox after successful rehab start

Jun 19, 2014, 8:38 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Today’s excellent rehab outing was enough for Buchholz to secure his return to the majors. According to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal, his next start will be with the Red Sox. The exact date is still to be determined, but it will presumably be next week.

5:25 p.m. ET: Clay Buchholz struggled in his first minor-league rehab start last week, but fared much better this afternoon by tossing six shutout innings at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Buchholz, who’s on the disabled list with a hyperextended knee, allowed two hits and two walks while striking out five. Before being shut down he was terrible for the Red Sox, posting a 7.02 ERA in 10 starts after having a remarkable 2013 campaign that saw him go 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA in 16 starts.

There’s no word yet on if Buchholz’s performance today was enough to convince the Red Sox he’s ready to rejoin the rotation.

  1. drewsylvania - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Please give two great starts so we can trade him to a team that thinks they’re getting a #1 starter.

    • dan1111 - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:24 AM

      Trading him now, when his value is at a low, would be a bad idea.

      Despite his infuriating inconsistency, he is still a good pitcher with lots of potential going forward. He is also signed for 3 more seasons in terms very favorable to the team.

  2. miguelcairo - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    He shuts down a bunch of minor leaguers and he may be considered ready? I think the 7+ ERA holds precedence here.

    • drewsylvania - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:49 PM

      Actually, the pitch location, repeatability of delivery, and health hold precedence.

    • dan1111 - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:25 AM

      A couple of months ago, did you think he was going to have a 1.74 ERA forever?

  3. willyssox - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Trade him!

    • pisano - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      Who the hell would want him? he’ll be on the DL again in no time, the guy is just too fragile.

      • dan1111 - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:34 AM

        Lots of teams would want a pitcher with huge upside who is under team control for 3+ seasons at a reasonable cost, with two option years that let them off the hook if things don’t go well.

        Clay had 10 bad starts, and suddenly people think he is worthless. Yes, there is a lot of risk with him, but teams are quite willing to take on risk with starting pitchers. Look at the contracts players like Josh Johnson, Phil Hughes, and Tim Lincecum got.

  4. sidelineshot - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Feed him some barbecue.
    What else can bulk him up?

    • kiwicricket - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      Seal blubber.

    • mazblast - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:02 AM


  5. TheMorningStar - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Don’t trade him!

    Well unless Giancarlo Stanton is part of the deal.

    Odds of that happening = nil

  6. revren10 - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    He’s a pre Madonna. To soft to ever truly be great

    • 18thstreet - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:07 PM

      pri·ma don·na noun \ˌpri-mə-ˈdä-nə, ˌprē-\
      : the main female singer in an opera company

      : a person who thinks she or he is better than everyone else and who does not work well as part of a team or group

      • drewsylvania - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:43 PM

        Wow. Zinged on both the spelling *and* the definition.

      • 18thstreet - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:17 AM

        I really appreciated the spelling. My wife and I haven’t stopped laughing about it yet.

      • drewzducks - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:38 PM

        Are we talking Sheena Easton or are we going back to Stevie Nicks?

      • cinfante54 - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:28 AM

        Has to be Olivia Newton-John. I can hear him singing “Let Me Be There” from Pawtucket.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:01 PM


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