Clay Buchholz, who originally was scheduled to pitch in an Instructional League game in Fort Myers on Wednesday if that night's Red Sox game against the Orioles had playoff implications, instead will stay with the Sox and may be activated, according to WEEI.com.
Buchholz suffered a stress fracture in his lower back earlier this season and hasn't pitched in a major-league game since June 16. But Rob Bradford reported the team is "leaving open the possibility" of removing Buchholz from the 60-day disabled list and having him eligible to pitch tonight.
Jon Lester is scheduled to start tonight on three days' rest, and all three of Boston's most dependable relievers -- Alfredo Aceves, Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon -- also pitched Tuesday.
Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.
"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."
No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .
. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.
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.