Atchison solid in rehab stint

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Boston Red Sox pitcher Scott Atchison began his minor league rehab assignment on Monday with the Pawtucket Red Sox at McCoy Stadium.

The right-handed reliever worked the top of the seventh inning and retired the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in order on eight pitches.

“Atch did a nice job,” said PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler after Pawtucket’s 6-4 win. “His command, he was up a little with some of his pitches, but the ball was jumping out of his hand real good and the breaking balls had some depth to them. He threw some quality pitches. He had a quick inning, pitched to contact like he does and he looked good. He felt good, too, after he was done, so we’ll see how that goes.”

If he feels good on Tuesday, Atchison is scheduled to throw again Thursday for the PawSox in Game 2 of their upcoming best-of-five playoff series against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at McCoy Stadium. Game 1 of the series will be on Wednesday.

It was Atchison’s first appearance since he suffered a setback during his last minor league rehab assignment for the PawSox on July 27.

Atchison said he hopes his arm responds well to the month of rest and that he will be allowed to return to the majors before the end of the season. He said a few successful innings with the Red Sox would give him peace of mind going into the offseason.

Prior to his injury and subsequent trip to the DL on July 14, Atchison was 2-1 with a 1.76 ERA in 37 relief appearances this season for the Red Sox.