ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Clay Buchholz came out of five shutout innings Tuesday against Tampa Bay just fine. And he’s now on the verge of getting into a normal pitching routine and set to go Sunday against the Yankees at Fenway, according to John Farrell.
“He came out of it as he has the last three rehab starts — nothing abnormal even with increased intensity. He came out of it in good shape. He’ll go Sunday night at home. I’m sure he’ll increase his time on the mound with an incremental bump up of pitches is in order,” Farrell said.
Buchholz threw 74 pitches and should get up around 90 Sunday. After that, there should be no restrictions if all goes well.
• Despite a four-out save, the fact Koji Uehara threw only 13 pitches (12 for strikes) means that he will be available for action in tonight’s game.
• John Farrell said that despite Felix Doubront being out of the rotation, he will get another start before the year is out. Farrell hasn’t forgotten his contribution for most of the season.
“He was very good,” Farrell said. “For a consistent stretch of 15 consecutive starts where he allowed three runs or less when Clay went down, he stepped up as did John Lackey, after he got over early season inconsistencies with arm strength and reeled off two months of reliability. “
• Farrell said rookie righty Allen Webster will get chances out of the bullpen. The Red Sox are curious to see how his 97 mph fastball works out of the pen.
• Approaching 90 wins, Farrell was hesitant to elaborate on the significance of that number, though after winning 73 games in Toronto last season, it has to feel good. “One thing we didn’t do is set a number or goal of a number of wins. The reality, I think, is a number can almost limit you. Hopefully we don’t stop there,” Farrell said.
• Don’t expect Jarrod Saltalamacchia to catch every day between now and the end of the season. They Sox are going to be careful about his back, which has been balky of late with inflammation that just recently began to subside. There’s no structural damage so Farrell is content to “spreading out the workload as best as possible until he’s completely out of the woods.”
• While Farrell thinks Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts are ready to be everyday player he warned that the composition of the roster next season could also determine whether both will be starting players. “Do I think they can be everyday players? Yes I do.”
But the discussion will be whether the Red Sox are best served having two rookies start up the middle.