Buchholz impresses in rehab start at Pawtucket

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Buchholz impresses in rehab start at Pawtucket

PAWTUCKET -- If the Red Sox were thinking of starting Clay Buchholz in one of the games against Tampa Bay next weekend, nothing that happened in Sunday's rehab start for Pawtucket at McCoy Stadium would convince them otherwise.

After a rough start in which he allowed a hit and two walks to the first four batters he faced, Buccholz retired his final six hitters as he shut out the Syracuse Chiefs over a 2 13-inning, 43-pitch performance. The Sox were hoping Buchholz would be able to start three innings (he did), and he was only three pitches their optimal limit of 40.

His final line: 2 13 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts. His fastball, mired in the 90-91 range at the start of the game, topped out at 96 and he worked in a very effective changeup that helped him escape a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the first.

Buchholz had last pitched on June 19. He was placed on the disabled list because of esophagitis, an inflammation that damages tissues of the esophagus.

"We're just looking for consistency," pitching coach Rich Sauveur said in an in-game interview on NESN, which televised the game. "He's had no problems with the arms, no problems with the legs, everything's fine. He just needs to get back up on the mound."

More to come . . .

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.  

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the team, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported.

Bradley, who turns 27 April 19, had his best season in 2016, hitting .267 with 26 homers and a league-best 29-game hitting streak. He also won his first Gold Glove. A Scott Boras client, Bradley isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020. 
 
Friday at 1 p.m. was the deadline to reach deals to avoid arbitration. 

Other arbitration-eligible Red Sox are infielders Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad, right-handers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross and Tyler Thornburg and catcher Sandy Leon.