Right-handed pitcher Clay Buchholz will make his rehab-start for the Pawtucket Red Sox on Saturday, but the question is, how effective will he be when he returns to the mound for the Red Sox.
On May 28, Buchholz was placed on the disabled list with a hyper-extended knee and has been working on getting healthy and dealing with his mechanics that have been a mess since the start of this season.
But we have some good news from the Buchholz camp! He has been throwing several extended bullpen sessions and believes he has corrected whatever flaws in his delivery that has helped him look like the rookie-version of himself. We will get a short preview on Saturday when he takes the hill for the PawSox on what he has been working on since going down to the minors.
With Boston winning two in a row and perhaps getting on a bit of a roll (but who knows with this club), the first-half version of Clay Buchholz would go a long way in getting the Sox closer to respectability. Luckily with the second wildcard spot, Boston will most likely be in the hunt until late August, unless they turn it around before then.
Prior to going on the DL opposing hitters were batting a cool .339, well above his previous career-worst mark of .299 in 2008.
So the Charlotte Knights will be the guinea pigs for Clay and his “fixed” mechanics and all of Red Sox Nation will be curious to see how his start shakes out. One things for sure is that Will Middlebrooks will get to take a backseat while he is rehabbing in Pawtucket as well, though the offense may need him more than the rotation needs Buchholz.
Funny how the bigger name will always get the publicity, when a 20 home runs from their third-base positon would really help a floundering offense in a power-sapped American League East (well, except for those darn Blue Jays).