Buchholz: 2 runs on 71 pitches in rehab start

Buchholz: 2 runs on 71 pitches in rehab start
September 5, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Clay Buchholz allowed two runs for Pawtucket in what is expected to be his final minor league rehab start Thursday night.

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Clay Buchholz made what is expected to be his final minor league rehab start on Thursday night. Pitching for Triple-A Pawtucket in Rochester, he went three shutout innings before allowing two runs on two hits and a walk in his fourth inning of work.

His final line: 71 pitches (52 for strikes) in 3 2/3 ininngs, four hits, two runs (both earned), two walks and five strikeouts. His fastball topped out at 92-93 mph.

Here's the box score.

Buchholz hasn't pitched in the major leagues since June 8. He has been bothered by discomfort in his neck and collarbone area. Before the Red Sox played the Yankees in New York on Thursday, Red Sox manager John Farrell said Buchholz will return to the major league rotation in the Tampa Bay series at Tropicana Field, likely on Tuesday night.