Rehabbing Red Sox boost Pawtucket roster this weekend

Clay Buchholz went on the disabled list on May 28 with a knee injury.
Clay Buchholz went on the disabled list May 28 with a knee injury.

It’s a pretty good weekend to check out the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Rehabbing major leaguers Clay Buchholz, Shane Victorino, Will Middlebrooks, and Felix Doubront are all expected to play for the PawSox over the course of the weekend series vs. the Charlotte Knights.

Throw in the chance to see some of the organization’s top prospects — including recently promoted Mookie Betts — and it could be one of the best deals in baseball.


Buchholz, who went on the disabled list May 28 with a knee injury, is expected to start Friday’s game, and Red Sox manager John Farrell hopes he can go five innings. Buchholz could be back in Boston after one start.

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Doubront, who went on the disabled list May 21 because of a left shoulder strain, is expected to start Sunday. A timetable for his return to the Boston rotation remains uncertain.

Victorino has not played since May 23 because of a strained right hamstring. Middlebrooks, on the disabled list since May 17 because of a broken finger, is expected to be in Pawtucket’s lineup Friday as the designated hitter.

Pawtucket faces Charlotte at 7:05 p.m. Friday, 6:05 p.m. Saturday, and 1:05 p.m. Sunday at McCoy Stadium.

Follow Matt Pepin on Twitter at @mattpep15.