Buchholz mopped up Thursday night's 13-2 win over the Twins, allowing a hit in a scoreless ninth inning. This was Buchholz's first appearance since July 2, a glaring sign that there isn't an established role for the former starter in the bullpen. Going forward, there could be a spot start for Buchholz, but once the injured relief arms of Craig Kimbrel (knee), Junichi Tazawa (shoulder) and Koji Uehara (pectoral) return, there will be little room for him. And we didn't even mention the potential return of Joe Kelly, who is transitioning into a reliever at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Buchholz will work out of the bullpen for the time being, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox are giving Eduardo Rodriguez a shot in the rotation Saturday after previously sending him down before the break, which directly impacts Buchholz's standing in the rotation. Buchholz will work out of the bullpen for now, but the Boston Herald's Evan Drellich reports that Rodriguez may not have a long leash with the coaching staff. With that, Buchholz could be back as a starter in the not-too-distant future if Rodriguez can't right the ship.
Buchholz is tentatively scheduled to rejoin the starting rotation after the All-Star break, WEEI's Ryan Hannable reports. Despite his disastrous results this season, Buchholz may be needed shortly after the All-Star break, as the Red Sox don't have a scheduled off day between July 19 and August 7. The team could just stick with four starters for the first turn through the rotation after the break, but they'll need a fifth starter by July 23, and there isn't an obvious alternative waiting in the minors or bullpen. Buchholz has yet to make an appearance since being moved from the rotation to the bullpen at the beginning of July. The Red Sox may just keep him in the bullpen if they acquire a starter within the next couple weeks.
Buchholz, who will pitch out of the bullpen this weekend, may not be a permanent member of Boston's bullpen, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports. The Red Sox can get by with four starters until July 23, when they will need a fifth starter for that day -- either Buchholz or an alternative -- and the next three turns through the rotation. We don't expect Boston to fall out of playoff contention, so an acquisition is a real possibility. Within the organization, the options aren't promising, given the year-to-date performances of Buchholz, Henry Owens and Roenis Elias.
Buchholz has been moved to the Red Sox's bullpen as of Monday, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. After Saturday's nod in which he gave up six runs (three earned) in 4.1 innings against the Angels, it's no surprise that Buchholz finds himself in the bullpen for the second time this season. In his stead, Sean O'Sullivan will enter the rotation and take the mound Friday versus the Rays.