Red Sox’s Buchholz expected to rejoin rotation next week

Boston Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz is expected to rejoin the rotation next week after his second rehab start went well, according to reports.

Buchholz, out since May 28 with a hyperextended left knee, threw six scoreless innings Thursday for Triple-A Pawtucket, allowing two hits, walking two and striking out five. He threw 87 pitches in the outing, which has him sufficiently stretched out to log a start.

"His changeup feel and execution was much improved, and the shape to his overall pitches was consistent, particularly with the way he threw his changeup today," Red Sox manager John Farrell told the Boston Herald. "His final start was one that I think we all felt was needed, but he went about it the right way and comes back with some momentum."

There was no exact date given for Buchholz’s return, but Farrell told reporters he should have a better handle on it after the weekend’s series vs. the A’s. 

In other news, Rex Sox left-hander Felix Doubront (shoulder strain) is scheduled to make his return from the DL on Friday night after making three rehab starts. Doubront had been out since May 21.

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