There is about to be another wrinkle to the Red Sox starting situation, as the Sox announced on Tuesday that Clay Buchholz will be activated and start Wednesday’s game against the Mariners.
With Buchholz back in the rotation, the Sox have decided to send Felix Doubront to the bullpen, according to reports out of Seattle, while Brandon Workman will remain a starter after he finishes serving the six-game suspension he was handed after throwing at Evan Longoria on May 30.
#RedSox drop Doubront into bullpen. Workman in rotation. Sounds like they're trying to make a deal to free a roster spot. Doubront maybe— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) June 25, 2014
Doubront to the bullpen for the next two series, Workman in rotation, possibly starting Friday.— Tim Britton (@TimBritton) June 25, 2014
Buchholz hasn’t pitched for the Sox since May 26 when he lasted just three innings against the Atlanta Braves, giving up six runs on four hits with an ugly eight walks. He was placed on the 15-day DL on May 28 with a knee injury.
The Sox righthander is 2-4 in 10 big league starts this season with a 7.02 ERA. Buchholz made two rehab starts for the Pawtucket Red Sox, going 0-1 with a 2.53 ERA in 10 2/3 total innings of work.
Doubront made his first start in a month on Friday, going 4 2/3 innings and allowing three runs to the Oakland A’s on two hits with four walks and four strikeouts. He was used out of the bullpen in the playoffs last year, most notably in the World Series when he relieved Jake Peavy and Buchholz on consecutive nights.