On Wednesday night, Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz will take the mound against the Seattle Mariners, his first start since May 26 against the Atlanta Braves.
Boston will be shuffling around its roster with Buchholz joining the big-league club. John Farrell mentioned that both Brandon Workman and Rubby De La Rosa have pitched well enough to earn their spots on the roster. That may leave lefty veteran Chris Capuano as the man who may be out of luck and could be designated for assignment.
Felix Doubront will head to the bullpen for the new two series, and then according to reports is expected to start against the Chicago Cubs in about a week. This will leave the Red Sox with about six or seven starters on their roster, which is great for flexibility, especially with a guy like Workman who is accustomed to life in the bullpen.
Red Sox Nation will be eager to see Buchholz get back on the bump after a solid season last year and such a disappointing starter to 2014. His 7.02 ERA will hopefully be a faint memory for Boston fans and Clay will be the pitcher from the first half of 2013. This club can use performances like the ones he put together then since the offense is still waiting to come around.
The hope is for five innings from the lanky right-handed pitcher in tonight’s contest with the Mariners. His return could be a big boost for a club that is on pace for an awful finish to this west coast trip that feels like it has been taking all month.