With young left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez finally recovered from the knee injury he suffered in spring training, the Red Sox had to remove someone from the rotation, and it's going to be Clay Buchholz, manager John Farrell told reporters on Friday (Pete Abraham).

The Red Sox were all set to come into the season with David Price, Rick Porcello, Buchholz, Rodriguez and Joe Kelly in their rotation, but with the Rodriguez injury, knuckleballer Steven Wright earned an opportunity and has forced their hand. He's sporting a 2.52 ERA with a pair of complete games through nine starts.

Buchholz, meanwhile, has been awful in 10 starts. He's 2-5 (for a team that is 29-18 overall) with a 6.35 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and only 37 strikeouts against 24 walks in 56 2/3 innings.

Rodriguez, 23, was 10-6 with a 3.85 ERA (113 ERA+) and 1.29 WHIP with 98 strikeouts in 121 2/3 innings last season as a rookie. His numbers were skewed by four starts with at least six earned runs allowed. Down the stretch, he was able to get more consistent, going 4-1 with a 2.08 ERA in his last seven starts.

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Buchholz has been moved to the bullpen. USATSI