Buchholz's Friday PawSox start may be only one

Buchholz's Friday PawSox start may be only one
August 28, 2013, 5:30 pm
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BOSTON -- Clay Buchholz now knows where he'll be pitching on Friday. It will be in Pawtucket for the PawSox. And the the pitch count will be "roughly" 50-55 pitches, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell, who spoke after Buchholz' modified bullpen session on Wednesday at Fenway Park.

Buchholz split his bullpen into two parts. He threw 15 pitches down in the bullpen, and then finished it up with 15 more pitches on the Fenway mound to Red Sox hitters.

The session ended as he got Mike Carp swinging and missing. And everyone involved seemed enthused about the way Buchholz had pitched.

On Tuesday, Farrell said that Buchholz would need a third rehab start, and that it could potentially take place in a Pawtucket playoff game. But on Wednesday, Farrell somewhat changed his tune, saying that if Buchholz would be ready to ramp it up to about 70-75 pitches after Friday's rehab start, he could possibly pitch with Boston next week.

"Because we'll have an expanded roster and arms to protect any additional innings needed," said Farrell, explaining why it could work.

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Third baseman Brandon Snyder (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment tonight in Pawtucket, and according to Farrell, could be called up "sooner rather than later."