NEW YORK (AP) — Clay Buchholz is ready to rejoin the Boston Red Sox rotation after missing three months with a strained neck.
The right-hander says he threw about 30 pitches in a routine bullpen session Sunday at Yankee Stadium, his final hurdle before starting Tuesday night at Tampa Bay. Boston manager John Farrell says the team is not quite ready to announce which starter will be sent to the bullpen to make room for Buchholz, but Felix Doubront and Ryan Dempster are the likely candidates.
Buchholz opened 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA in 12 starts this season and was selected to the All-Star team. He hasn’t pitched in the majors since beating the Los Angeles Angels on June 8.
Buchholz made three rehab starts in the minors, his final one on Thursday in a playoff game for Triple-A Pawtucket. Farrell says Buchholz should be able to throw 75-80 pitches Tuesday.