Clay Buchholz had a shaky first minor-league rehab start Saturday at Triple-A, allowing three runs in 4.2 innings, and today the Red Sox announced that he’ll make at least one more start in the minors before coming off the disabled list.
Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox want him stretched out to at least 90 pitches before returning from a knee injury that’s sidelined him since late May. He tossed 62 pitches before exiting mid-inning Saturday.
Buchholz struggled mightily before going on the DL, posting a 7.02 ERA in 10 starts after posting a 1.74 ERA in 16 starts last season. Arm strength will be key, but it’s impossible to know what to expect from the 29-year-old right-hander at this point.
Free agent reliever Sean Burnett signed a minor-league pact with the Marlins on Saturday. Per MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, the left-hander is slated to begin the season in extended spring training and will work toward a role in the majors.
Burnett, 35, has not appeared in full-time role in MLB since 2012. He last pitched for a big league team in 2016, surfacing for 5 2/3 innings with the Nationals before returning to the minors. Despite signing a minor-league deal with the Phillies last spring, he failed to make the Opening Day roster and was released prior to the start of the season.
Complicating Burnett’s return is a slew of chronic elbow issues. The left-hander has dealt with everything from bone spurs to a torn UCL over the last six years, and will need to take things slowly in the minors before the Marlins consider adding him to the bullpen this season.