Clay Buchholz aiming for Sept. 10 return to Red Sox rotation
Will the Red Sox be getting an ace back in time for the stretch drive and postseason? By the sounds of it, yes.
Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz, who hasn't pitched for big-league club since June 8 because of a bursa-sac (shoulder) injury, is presently knee-deep in a minor-league rehab assignment. Now, though, he and the Red Sox have a time-frame in mind for Buchholz's return to Boston.
WEEI's Alex Speier reports that Buchholz is likely to make two additional rehab starts in the high minors before returning to the Red Sox's rotation -- barring setback, of course -- on Sept. 10 against the Rays. As Speier notes, Buchholz, if he's able to adhere to that schedule, would be able to make a total of four starts for Boston down the stretch. Since his work-load will be limited in the near-term, that may provide him enough time to get stretched out in time for the postseason -- assuming the Sox get there, obviously.
If Buchholz is able to return to his prior 2013 form, then the first-place Sox will be getting back an ace: This season, Buchholz, age 28, has pitched to a 1.71 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 2.79 K/BB ratio across 84 1/3 innings.