I reported on Saturday that 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.
As reported by Alex Speier of WEEI.com, Buchholz is scheduled to start on Thursday in Pawtucket, as the Red Sox are trying to build his pitch count before considering his return. Although the results weren't stellar for Buchholz in his last outing, manager John Farrell saw improvement.
“Clay went out and was able to accomplish, for the most part, some of the delivery adjustments he’s been working on. Overall strikes were improved. We recognize what took place in the line score inside that, but a higher percentage of strikes, better power overall, more defined shape to the individual types of pitches. We need to get him up to 90 pitches or so this next outing.”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 different story for Buchholz, who has an ERA of 7.02 ad has allowed 99 base runners 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.
As for Doubront, Our own Rose Ingberman reported that he has been on the disabled list just May 21 with a left shoulder strain.
He threw five innings no-hit ball on Sunday in which he struck out ten on 94 pitches. Farrell was impressed by Doubront's outing, but was not ready to commit on where Doubront would make his next start. He's admitted that Doubront is a candidate to start for Brandon Workman, who is expected his next start due to a suspension.
Doubront, in his fifth Major League season, is 2-4 with a 5.12 ERA this season. He's allowed 52 hits and 19 walks in 45 2/3 innings. Doubront won 11 games each of the past two seasons and has a career record of 26-22 with a 4.67 ERA.
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