Right-hander Clay Buchholz, on the disabled list since May 27 with a hyperextended left knee, made his first rehab start Saturday with Triple-A Pawtucket. He went 4 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on four hits, with no walks, five strikeouts, and two home runs. He threw 62 pitches, 42 for strikes, taking the loss.
The Red Sox are not yet sure what is next for Buchholz.
“One of the things we’ll have to consider is the number of pitches that he’s currently built to and what he’ll be required or likely asked to do once he’s back in our rotation,” manager John Farrell said. “That’s the one thing that we’ve got to kind of work through right now.”
In 10 starts this season, Buchholz has posted a record of 2-4 with a 7.02 ERA. In 50 innings he has allowed 43 runs, 39 earned, with 24 walks and 39 strikeouts. He has already given up seven home runs this season, compared to four in 108 1/3 innings last season, when he went 12-1 with an ERA of 1.74.