Red Sox pregame notes: Shane Victorino, Clay Buchholz, Will Middlebrooks begin rehab assignments

June 13, 2014 - 2:49 pm

The walking wounded are getting closer to their returns to the Red Sox. Over the weekend, the Red Sox will have four players in Pawtucket beginning or continuing rehab assignments with the PawSox. Clay Buchholz will take the mound on Friday night, making his first start since being placed on the disabled list with a hyperextended left knee back on May 28. Will Middlebrooks will DH and bat fourth as he works his way back from a broken finger. The injured index finger has primarily affected his throwing, but Middlebrooks will see time at third base on Saturday night before receiving a day off on Sunday. UPDATE: The PawSox game was rained out on Friday night. Shane Victorino will join the PawSox on Saturday and will likely play five to seven innings in right field. He'€™ll get the day off on Sunday and go back-to-back days on Monday and Tuesday, though he'€™ll serve as the DH on one of those days. There is currently no plan to play Victorino, who is coming back from a hamstring injury, anywhere except right field. While Victorino will likely be reevaluated after three games, the stay with Pawtucket might be lengthier for Middlebrooks. "[Middlebrooks] has got to get some repetition, he'€™s got to get into the flow of things,"€ manager John Farrell said. "€œIt's been a while since he's been in a game and we don'€™t have a set time as far as '€˜X'€™ number of at-bats and he's coming back to us. He'€™s got to go play, he's got to go hit and get into the flow of things. We've got a maximum of 20 days and I'€™m not saying we'€™re going to use every day of that, but we need to get him going and get the right-handed power bat that we know and believe and trust is still there." Felix Doubront will make his third rehab start (his second with Pawtucket) on Sunday. -- Stephen Drew, who has been sidelined since Monday with an oblique injury, hit in the batting cage prior to Friday'€™s game. Farrell says that there is nothing new to report, and that Drew would be reevaluated after the hitting session. -- Starter Brandon Workman had his appeal hearing regarding the six-game suspension that was handed down by Major League Baseball after Workman was ejected for throwing at Evan Longoria back on May 30. The Red Sox are currently waiting on a decision. "The ruling from the appeal hasn'€™t been handed down yet, we'€™re probably looking at some point early next week that we'€™ll get news on what they decide," Farrell said. Workman is still slated to make his next start on Sunday.