LOS ANGELES -- Clay Buchholz did not make it out of the first inning of his first pitching appearance in 78 days.
With general manager Ben Cherington in attendance at Wappinger Falls, N.Y., Buchholz retired just two of the seven Hudson Valley Renegades batters he faced while pitching for the Lowell Spinners of the short-season New York-Penn League. The tone for his appearance was set with the first batter he faced, Julian Ridings, who circled the bases on a double error by left fielder Kevin Mager, who was charged with a two-base error for not making the catch, then another two-base error for failing to retrieve the ball cleanly.
Buchholz walked the next batter, then gave up an RBI triple to Ariel Soriano, who scored on a throwing error by center fielder Manuel Margot.
Buchholz retired the next two batters on a called third strike and pop fly, but walked the next two and was removed after throwing a total of 38 pitches.
Buchholz had been scheduled to throw between 45 and 50 pitches, but the Sox were not going to push it after such an extended first inning.
"Long inning, 38 pitches," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "His velocity was in the upper 80s. He came out of it physically fine, which is the biggest thing. We’ll have a chance to discuss where and when his next outing will be, probably tomorrow."
Buchholz is expected to pitch again Friday in a minor-league game to be determined. Both Triple-A Pawtucket and Double-A Portland are home that night. Sox manager John Farrell said that if the club determined that Buchholz could give them four good innings in his next start after that, it was possible that Buchholz could rejoin the Red Sox.