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The Boston Red Sox have the American League East well in hand as they lead by 7.5 games with 17 left to play. Now, it is time to prepare for October, and their starting rotation is about to get a huge boost. MLB.com's Ian Browne reports that the Red Sox have activated starting pitcher Clay Buchholz and will start him against the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday night in St. Petersburg. The Red Sox will postpone Felix Doubront's next start to give him a rest and make room for Buchholz.
#RedSox rotation for TB series: Buchholz, Dempster, Peavy. Felix skipped to give him some recovery time and extra rest.
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) September 8, 2013
Buchholz was on the disabled list from June 8 through Sunday due to discomfort in his right shoulder. More specifically, he had a right bursa sac strain that made it difficult to throw. Should he pitch in September and October anywhere nearly as well as he did before his injury, then the Red Sox are prime World Series contenders.
After Sunday's bullpen session, Buchholz discussed how he feels and how well he threw his pitches. Said Buchholz,
"Everything was good," Buchholz said. "I threw all my pitches. Curveball was probably the sharpest pitch I threw, and that's usually the last one I get the feel for in Spring Training. I threw everything: Cutter, sinker, fastball. It all felt fine."
Buchholz figures to throw approximately 75 to 80 pitches in his first start Tuesday night.
At his departure, Buchholz was 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA in 12 starts and an early Cy Young candidate. He will bolster a rotation that is already 5th in the American League in ERA. With the run support that the pitchers get, the Red Sox are in terrific shape for the postseason. Their offense leads the league in runs scored.
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