The Boston Red Sox hold a 7.5 game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East as the two teams start an important three games series tonight in Florida.

This series marks the return of pitcher Clay Buchholz, who hasn’t pitched in the big leagues for 94 days. What can we expect from Buchholz?

“They’re hoping for 75 to 80 pitches and that could be five innings,” Red Sox insider Peter Abraham told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich on Tuesday. “Given how he had some problems in the minor leagues maybe it’ll be less than that, but just the fact that he’s pitching again is a good sign and it’s not too often you can add basically and All-Star to your rotation in September right before the postseason.”

If Buchholz is anything close to what he was before he hit the DL how will the team handle the rotation in the playoffs?

“I don’t know it’s necessarily a lock that he’s in the post season rotation, but certainly he’s going to get every chance to show he can do that.”

Is there any confidence that Buchholz will have his stuff back?

They also discussed the injury to Jacoby Ellsbury and when he might be able to return. Does the fact that he’s hitting free agency have an affect on when he returns?


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