Perhaps the ideal scenario, according to manager John Farrell, is for Buchholz to pitch in a Minor League rehab game on the Sunday before the All-Star break, which is July 14.
The right-hander would probably need two starts in the Minors before returning to the Red Sox. The earliest Buchholz slots back into Boston' s rotation would probably be around July 24, when Boston is in the middle of a four-game series against the Rays.
"There's some reconditioning that has to go on here and you can't shortcut that," said Farrell. "What we don't want to do is put Clay or us in a position to be limited by a certain pitch count that has the potential of overtaxing the bullpen."
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