Clay Buchholz SP BOS 1 Day

Clay Buchholz surrendered five runs -- four earned -- in six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

This was a definite step backward for Buchholz, who seemed to be making progress prior to the All-Star break. He walked four and hit two batters tonight, while striking out just one. It was actually quite an accomplishment that he managed to get through six innings. Buchholz will face the Jays again next time out, making him a tough play in any format.

Clay Buchholz SP BOS 12 Days

Clay Buchholz struck out 12 while allowing just three hits in an 11-0 shutout of the Astros on Sunday.

It's been a season to forget thus far for the 29-year-old, but Sunday reminded fans just how dominant Buchholz can be when he's on. The right-hander allowed just three singles and didn't walk a batter, using 109 pitches to finish his first shutout of 2014. The start could give him some confidence heading into the season's second half.

Clay Buchholz SP BOS 17 Days

Clay Buchholz surrendered four runs in seven innings Monday in a loss to the White Sox.

Buchholz was great after giving up Dayan Viciedo's three-run homer in the fifth, retiring the final 10 hitters he faced. Six of those outs came via the K. Of course, it was too late to do the low-scoring Red Sox much good. However, Buchholz is looking a whole lot better now than he did before going on the DL at the end of May.

Clay Buchholz SP BOS 23 Days

Clay Buchholz got a no-decision, allowing one run over 6 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.

It was a tough-luck no-decision for Buchholz, as the Red Sox squandered plenty of run-scoring opportunities. The right-hander allowed five hits, walked none, and struck out two in the effort. It's been a tough season for Buchholz, as he still carries a 6.22 ERA, a 1.74 WHIP, and a 43/24 K/BB ratio. He'll attempt to get win number four in his next start against the White Sox at home.

Clay Buchholz SP BOS 29 Days

In his return to the rotation, Clay Buchholz allowed four runs over 7 1/3 innings in Wednesday's victory over the Mariners.

Buchholz struck out two and issued zero free passes. The right-hander missed almost a month with a (possibly phantom) knee injury, and the time away seems to have done him some good (he had a 7.02 ERA in 10 starts prior to hitting the shelf). Buchholz (3-4, 6.75 ERA) has a decent chance to take another step forward when he hosts the Cubs next week.

Clay Buchholz SP BOS 30 Days

Red Sox activated RHP Clay Buchholz from the 15-day disabled list.

Buchholz missed just under a month on the DL with a knee injury that, at the time, many constituted as simply a reason to give the right-hander a rest. With the ailment behind him, perhaps Buchholz will look more like the 2013 version that went 12-1 and less like the guy with a 7.02 ERA in 10 starts this year. He'll face the Mariners in his return on Wednesday.

Clay Buchholz SP BOS 1 Month

Clay Buchholz (knee) will rejoin the Red Sox' rotation on Wednesday against the Mariners.

Buchholz was cleared to return to the big league rotation after going six scoreless innings in a rehab start with Triple-A Pawtucket last Thursday. He held a 7.02 ERA over 10 starts before going down with a knee injury last month and is not a safe bet to pitch well or remain healthy.

Clay Buchholz SP BOS 1 Month

Clay Buchholz (knee) will rejoin the Red Sox' rotation next week.

The date for his return isn't yet determined, but Buchholz's six scoreless innings for Triple-A Pawtucket Thursday was enough to convince the Red Sox that he was ready. Buchholz held a 7.02 ERA over 10 starts before going down with a knee injury last month.

Clay Buchholz SP BOS 1 Month

Clay Buchholz (knee) spun six scoreless innings Thursday in his second minor league rehab start with Triple-A Pawtucket.

Buchholz allowed three runs over 4 2/3 innings on Friday in his first rehab start, but he was much better in this one. He gave up just two hits and two walks while striking out five batters. It could be enough to secure his return to Boston's rotation.

Clay Buchholz SP BOS 1 Month

Clay Buchholz (knee) will make another minor league rehab start Thursday with Triple-A Pawtucket.

Buchholz, sidelined since late May with a hyperextended knee (and an inflated ERA), allowed three runs over 4 2/3 innings on Friday in his first rehab start. The Red Sox want him to get stretched out to 90 pitches before bringing him back.