Clay Buchholz returns to the Red Sox starting rotation on Tuesday – good news for the team as it looks to clinch the AL East and get things in order for the playoffs.
Felix Doubront will get skipped in the rotation – his last start against the Yankees sealed his fate.
What can we expect from Buchholz?
Who knows? But for the Red Sox to go deep in the playoffs, the team needs a healthy, productive Buchholz. Whether he sticks in the rotation or moves to the bullpen.
Better News on Ellsbury
The word is Jacoby Ellsbury has a foot fracture but will return sometime this season.
Believe or not, that’s good news – because Ellsbury is expected back this year.
Even with the news – the Sox should start hitting fly balls to Xander Bogaerts in the outfield – just in case Ellsbury doesn’t make it back and the team could use outfield depth (not to mention Bogaerts’ bat) for the playoffs.
Right On for Victorino
Good article by Matthew Kory on Shane Victorino’s success since making the move to hit right-handed (from switch-hitting) – although he has moved recently back to also hitting lefty.
The Red Sox would not be where they are in the standings without Victorino – great signing by GM Ben Cherington.