Buchholz goes 4 2/3 in first rehab start

BOSTON -- Making his first rehab start with Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday afternoon, Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz showed that he might not be ready to return to the major league rotation just yet.

Facing the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox affiliate) with a plan in place to go five innings, Buchholz made it through only 4 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits, including two solo home runs. He threw 62 pitches, 42 for strikes, striking out five and walking none.

The start was Buchholz's first since May 26, when he walked eight Atlanta Braves in three innings pitched. He was placed on the disabled list with a hyperextended left knee two days later.

In the same game Saturday, rehabbing outfielder Shane Victorino (hamstring) went 0-for-2, playing five innings in right field, and third baseman Will Middlebrooks (finger) went 1-for-3 with a strikeout while serving as the designated hitter.