Clay Buchholz will make his second rehab start Friday with either the Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox or the Double A Portland Sea Dogs.
In his first action since going on the disabled list June 18 (retroactive to June 9), Buchholz threw 0.2 innings Sunday for the Single A Lowell Spinners.
“He came out of the outing the other day fine physically,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “So he’ll go through a normal five-day work cycle.”
While the hope was to have Buchholz throw 40-50 pitches Sunday, he reached just 34 before leaving the mound. Farrell said the target Friday will be “in that 55-pitch range.”
Leading up to his next outing, Buchholz also will throw a bullpen session with hitters standing in.
“He feels like that’s the one thing, as opposed to just throwing a normal bullpen, just to see hitters stand in the box,” Farrell said. “But it wouldn’t be to the point of keeping him out or [not] being fresh enough to start on Friday. It would just be a modified bullpen with hitters standing in.”
Before landing on the DL, Buchholz was 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA and 81 strikeouts.
With Pawtucket all but locked into a playoff spot and other Red Sox affiliates still battling, there’s a strong possibility that Buchholz could make a third rehab start with a team in playoff contention.
“There will be settings that we can take advantage of if needed,” Farrell said. “Still go back to it being almost three months since he’s been in a major league game and the need for a third minor league appearance, probably more realistic at this point.”