Both players were placed on the disabled list earlier this season. Doubront had sustained a shoulder injury. A hyperextended knee forced Buchholz to the shelf. Prior to suffering the set-backs, each hurler had struggled with settling into a consistent groove.
But it appears as if their time spent in Pawtucket paid dividends. Doubront threw the ball remarkably well in his final rehab start this past Sunday. The southpaw fanned 1o batters over five innings. He allowed no hits.
The Sox announced Doubront would return to the rotation Friday night against Oakland. He’ll look to improve upon the 5.12 ERA he had accumulated prior to the injury.
Buchholz made his final rehab start Thursday. He tossed six scoreless innings, allowing just two hits, while striking out five.
The club did not specify when he’ll make his next start, but it’s clear it’ll be at the Major Leauge level some time next week. He’ll rejoin the team this weekend. Buchholz will aim to improve upon a dismal 7.02 ERA.