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Buchholz likely to make rehab start

ANAHEIM — Sounds like Clay Buchholz is headed for the minors.

Buchholz, who said yesterday that he wasn’t sure if his next outing would be in the majors or on a minor league rehab, still has not yet been told definitively where he’ll be pitching on Friday. But, after a conversation with pitching coach John Farrell yesterday, Buchholz got the impression that he will be throwing only three to four innings, and that it would likely come in a rehab appearance.

“Just from the tone that I was talking to him, yeah,” Buchholz said, when asked if he thought the start would be in the minors. “I don’t think it will be right at Fenway or anything like that right off the bat. Either way, I’ll get on the mound and throw to live hitters and go from there.”

Buchholz, who is on the disabled list with a strained lower left hamstring, said the hamstring has not bothered him since arriving in Anaheim, where he has been participating in the All-Star festivities. Like teammates Dustin Pedroia and Victor Martinez, Buchholz will not play in the actual game.

“I just want to throw and get back on the five-day routine,” Buchholz said. “It’s sort of been a little weird not throwing for three weeks.

“It’s not like I’ve taken three weeks off of non-throwing, non-pitching or anything. It’s just been the running, that was the issue. I don’t think it’ll take long. I know when I threw my bullpen the other day, I felt good and fresh. I think that’s going to be the best thing coming out of it, my body feeling good.”

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It’s unclear where Buchholz would make the rehab start, as Pawtucket is in Syracuse, Portland is in New Britain, and Lowell is in Batavia, New York.

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