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Buchholz returns to rotation on Tuesday

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  September 8, 2013 12:45 PM

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NEW YORK — With 17 games left in the season, the Red Sox have added an All-Star to their rotation. Clay Buchholz will be activated off the disabled list and start on Tuesday night against Tampa Bay.

Buchholz has been out three months with a series of shoulder injuries. After three minor league starts, he has been cleared to throw 75-80 pitches against the Rays.

“It’s been a long time,” Buchholz said after throwing in the bullpen at Yankee Stadium. “Even pitching in the rehab starts, you definitely feel how you haven’t been out there in a while. Mentally I’m ready.”

Buchholz could make four starts before the end of the regular season on Sept. 28. That should give the Red Sox enough time to determine where — or if — he slots into their postseason rotation.

“Our goal going through the remainder of the month would be to not only stretch him out but to see if there’s a certain dependability we’ll get from him,” manager John Farrell said. “We really can’t expect that he’s come back and pitch to the form [he had]. We’re hopeful we get a guy who’s close to what he was prior to the injury. It would be an additional lift to this rotation.”

Buchholz was 9-0 with a 1.71 earned run average in 12 starts. His last game in the majors was June 8.

The Red Sox have not yet announced who is coming out of the rotation.

Also:

• Nothing new on Jacoby Ellsbury yet. He is getting a second opinion on his right foot in Vail, Colo., then will travel back to Boston. It is uncertain if he will rejoin the team before the end of the road trip on Thursday.

• Dustin Pedroia will play in his 1,000th game for the Sox, the 29th player in franchise history to hit that mark.

• The Yankees are without Derek Jeter because of a sore left ankle. Manager Joe Girardi said Jeter would miss at least a few days before he is evaluated again. It is the same ankle Jeter fractured in the playoff last fall and caused him to miss much of the season.

• The Red Sox recalled righthander Allen Webster from Triple A Pawtucket and will use him out of the bullpen. The 23-year-old was 1-2 with a 9.57 ERA in six starts for the Sox this season and 8-4 with a 3.60 ERA in 21 starts for Triple A Pawtucket. Based on what they saw in spring training, the Sox believe Webster could pitch with better velocity and control in shorter stints. But their long-term plan is to develop him as a starter.

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