Buchholz final rehab start to come this week

Buchholz final rehab start to come this week
September 2, 2013, 12:15 pm
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Clay Buchholz will make a rehab start this week. We're just not sure which day it will happen.

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BOSTON -- Clay Buchholz is expected to make his third and what should be final rehab start later this week as he continues to make his way back from the disabled list where he has been shelved since his last start on June 8.  But the timetable for his next outing remains uncertain.
 
Buchholz last started on Friday, going 3 1/3 innings for Triple-A Pawtucket. Originally he has been scheduled to make his next start on Wednesday. But, Buchholz’s wife Lindsay is due to give birth to the couple’s second child, a daughter, any time now.
 
The right-hander said if the baby does not arrive on her own, labor will be induced on Wednesday. That would move Buchholz’s rehab start to Thursday with Triple-A Pawtucket. Buchholz said it is now looking more likely that he would start on Thursday. His manager concurred.
 
“Without getting too personal, that’s probably what will take place,” said manager John Farrell. “And we’re flexible enough both here and at Pawtucket that we can adjust for a day without disrupting any other plans.”
 
The PawSox, winners of the International League North division, open the playoffs Wednesday at the home of the wild cared winner. In the best-of-five series, the first two games -- Wednesday and Thursday --  are on the road, with the final three -- Friday, Saturday, and Sunday -- at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket.
 
If Buchholz comes through his next outing with no issues, he would be on schedule to be activated and start on Sept. 10 at Tampa Bay. With an off-day on Sept. 9, Sept. 10 would be the date for his return whether he makes his next rehab start on Wednesday or Thursday.

Buchholz has been on the DL since June 9 with what was ultimately diagnosed as inflammation of the bursa sac of his right shoulder. He posted a record of 9-0 with what was then a major league-best 1.71 ERA before going on the DL.