Richard (knee) will throw around 45 pitches in his rehab start Saturday with Triple-A Buffalo, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

It was rumored that Richard could return to the big leagues over the weekend, but he'll first have to make at least one start in the minors before being activated. Assuming Richard feels good following Saturday's outing, he could rejoin the active roster as to start at soon as Thursday against the Red Sox, though he may be subjected to a restricted pitch count.

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