As reported by Alex Speier at weei.com, Buchholz had mixed results from his rehab outing with Triple-A Pawtucket against Charlotte. He allowed three runs on four hits, including two solo home runs, in 4 2/3 innings. The good news is that Buchholz struck out five, did not walk a batter and threw 42 of his 62 pitches for strikes.
A scout attending the game, said that Buchholz had a solid outing, despite the two home runs, as he regularly hit 92 miles per hour with his fastball. His change up was good and his strike throwing rate was impressive. Buchholz feels he is ready to make his next start with the Red Sox.
“I'd rather go right back up [to the big leagues than have another rehab start]. I think I can.”Buchholz was 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA last season and although he spent three months on the disabled list, had a 1.88 ERA in September. This season has been a nightmare for Buchholz, who has allowed 99 base runners and an ERA of 7.02 in 50 innings. In his last outing on May 26, which landed him on the disabled list, Buchholz allowed eight walks and six earned runs in three innings. Buchholz, in his eighth Major League season, has a career record of 60-37 with a 3.82 ERA.
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