Associated Press wrote:PAWTUCKET, R.I.—Clay Buchholz pitched four-plus innings Sunday night in a rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket.
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On the disabled list because of a torn nail on his middle finger, Buchholz allowed one run and three hits with three strikeouts and two walks. He threw 38 of his 63 pitches for strikes and topped out at 96 mph on the radar gun.
Buchholz, who tossed a no-hitter in his second major league start last season, threw almost exclusively fastballs in the first inning. He gradually started mixing in curves and changeups in the second.
The 23-year-old right-hander was scheduled to throw 65 pitches, but manager Ron Johnson removed him after Garrett Jones pulled a double into the right-field corner on a 3-2 pitch while leading off the fifth.
The Red Sox put Buchholz on the 15-day DL effective May 13 after he tore the nail on his right middle finger.
Pawtucket beat the Rochester Red Wings 11-1.
Clay Buchholz goes 4-plus innings in rehab start
Amalie Benjamin, Globe Staff wrote:Francona talked to Clay Buchholz about his next rehab start, which is scheduled for Friday at Durham, N.C., but did not go further than that in terms of his progression back to Boston. Francona was adamant over the weekend, though, that Buchholz is not headed for the bullpen, and the organization understands that the health of its pitchers is not a given - meaning there might be a spot in the rotation by the time Buchholz is healthy enough to come back. Or there might not.
"Working on a little bit of getting away from his head to try to create some movement with his fastball," Francona said. "He had that arm slot when he signed. Just trying to get some consistency with that. Take advantage of these innings when he's not here. But he sounded real upbeat."
Buchholz threw four innings plus one batter on Sunday for Pawtucket in his first rehab start since going on the disabled list with a broken nail on his right middle finger. He gave up one run on three hits and two walks.
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