Buchholz gets 1-day pass to play papa

BOSTON -- Making allowances because a player’s wife was having a baby was not always standard operating procedure in baseball. Terry Francona used to tell the story of when he was playing for the Reds and his first-born, Nick, was about to arrive. Sure, Pete Rose, his manager at the time, told him, you can go home to be with your wife. Just don’t bother to come back.

The Red Sox issued no such ultimatum to pitcher Clay Buchholz, who initially was scheduled to make a third rehab appearance on Wednesday. He was present with his wife, Lindsey, when she gave birth Wednesday to the couple’s second child, a sister for daughter Colbi.

Not that Buchholz was granted extended paternity leave. He was scheduled to fly to Rochester, N.Y., to pitch Thursday for Pawtucket in the International League playoffs. He was then slated to return to Boston for at least a day before joining the Sox in New York this weekend.

This will be his third rehab appearance, and if all goes well, Buchholz is expected to rejoin the Red Sox and is in line to start Tuesday’s series opener in Tropicana Field against the Tampa Bay Rays.

On Wednesday afternoon, Farrell was not prepared to share his plans for Buchholz next week.

“Anything regarding the rotation," Farrell said, "we’ll probably hold off on any type of announcement until he gets through tomorrow."