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Clay Buchholz will pitch five innings for the Pawtucket Red Sox today, the next step in the process to get him closer to 2013 form, and further away from his currently inflated 7.02 ERA.
Buchholz suffered a hyper-extended left knee, and reported dramatic seven-pound weight loss after his last start against the Atlanta Brave at the end of May.
Buchholz has pitched a number of three-inning simulated games while on the road travelling with the Boston Red Sox. These simulated games focused on improving Buchholz’s mechanics. The test on Friday will provide the Red Sox with the information they need as they decide what to do with Buchholz for the remainder of the season. Will Middlebrooks will join him during Friday’s game as designated hitter for the PawSox.
Buchholz was quite the weapon during the 2013 World Series Championship season, boasting early season success and winning 12 of his 16 starts. Hopefully, Buchholz can return to his All-Star status again. This year the Fenway Faithful pray he saved his best stuff for the end of the 2014 season.