As the Boston Red Sox and Clay Buchholz prepare for the young ace's eventual return to the active roster, plans are being hatched to get him the needed pitching action before sending him off on a rehab assignment. Buchholz will need two more bullpen sessions before being ready for his minor league rehab assignment. He'll get those sessions this week.
Evan Drellich of MassLive.com says the Red Sox plan to have Buchholz throw his first bullpen session Tuesday or Wednesday. The second one will come later in the week - dependent on when the first occurs. They may have him throw the two bullpen sessions on Wednesday and Friday in preparation for a Sunday minor league start.
"Tuesday or Wednesday is our tentative plan right now," Sox manager John Farrell said, "or possibly Wednesday and Friday. For two bullpens that will put him in line — provided there's no setbacks — put him in line for a start next Sunday."
Buchholz was having a fantastic season before right shoulder bursitis popped up and de-railed him. He is hoping to get things back on track quickly so he can return and help the Sox maintain their AL East lead. The bursitis started innocuously. He was given a few days extra rest here and there as it appeared his shoulder just may be tired. Unfortunately, it was more than that.
Prior to his injury, Buchholz was 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA. If he can return and match even a percentage of that success, the Red Sox will be in good shape. As it stands now, Boston is 54-36. They have a 4.5 game lead in the division.
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