Clay Buchholz gives up two homers, three runs in rehab outing

June 14, 2014 - 5:50 pm
Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz, in a rehab outing in Triple-A Pawtucket that marked his first start since a mess of an outing in late-May, allowed four hits -- including a pair of solo homers -- in 4 2/3 innings en route to a three-run yield in the PawSox's seven-inning, 3-0 loss to Charlotte, the Triple-A affiliate of the White Sox. The home runs were both hit by lefties. Buchholz punched out five while walking none, with 42 of his 62 pitches (68 percent) for strikes. Indeed, the strike-throwing rate may have been the most significant marker of his outing, given that he was put on the DL with a hyperextended right knee after he allowed a career-high eight walks in three innings on May 26 against the Braves. A scout in attendance at McCoy described Buchholz's outing as "solid," in which the pitcher "threw strikes and used all his pitches." He had Buchholz regularly at 92 mph, with a good change and solid breaking stuff, as well as an uncharacteristically crisp tempo on the mound. According to Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal (via twitter), Buchholz feels that he's ready to return to the big leagues. "I'€™d rather go right back up [to the big leagues than have another rehab start]. I think I can," Buchholz told McNamara. The Sox suggested they'd wait until after Buchholz's rehab outing before making a determination about whether his next appearance will be in the minors or back in the big leagues. However, manager John Farrell also suggested that the Red Sox didn't want an effective Buchholz to be lingering in Pawtucket. In the same contest, Will Middlebrooks went 1-for-3 with a strikeout and a single while serving as designated hitter in his first game of a rehab assignment while working his way back from a broken right index finger, while Shane Victorino went 0-for-2 with a flyout and a groundout and played five innings in right field in his first outing of a rehab assignment.