BOSTON – Right-hander Clay Buchholz has been on the disabled list since May 27 with a hyperextended left knee. He made his first rehab start on Saturday, going 4 2/3 innings for Triple-A Pawtucket, giving up three runs on four hits with no walks, five strikeouts, and two home runs. He threw 62 pitches, 42 for strikes, 68 percent.
Buchholz will get at least one more rehab outing. He is scheduled to start for the PawSox on Thursday at Rochester.
There are several things manager John Farrell would like to see from the righthander before he is activated.
“Increased number of pitches,” said Farrell.
“I think 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 improves. We recognized what took place in the linescore inside that. But higher percentage of strikes, better power overall, and some more defined shape to the individual type of pitches. We need to get him up to 90 pitches this next outing.”
In 10 big league outings, Buchholz has posted a record of 2-4 with a 7.02 ERA. In 50 innings he has allowed 43 runs, 39 earned runs, on 75 hits, 14 walks (two intentional) with a hit batter and four wild pitches. Opponents are hitting a whopping .339 off him.