Clay Buchholz had a dream start to the 2013 season for the Boston Red Sox. 

The left-handed pitcher accumulated nine wins without a loss and an exceptional 1.71 earned run average. 

Buchholz, 28, had been the star of the Red Sox rotation but suffered a shoulder injury and has not pitched since June 8 leaving a distinct weakness in Boston’s starting pitching, especially with the tough stretch being experienced by Jon Lester.

Red Sox fans therefore will be relieved to hear that Dr James Andrews has cleared Buchholz to begin pitching again and to begin rehab for a return to major league action.

It still is not completely clear when Buchholz will be able to return to the mound for the Red Sox but he could prove pivotal to their playoff hopes. 

With defeat to Tampa Bay on Monday evening, the Red Sox and Rays share the same number of losses in what is fast becoming a tight battle for the AL east title.

The Rays have been resurgent in recent weeks and with their victory over Boston in the first matchup of a four game series, currently hold a six game winning streak. 

John Farrell and the Red Sox then will be hoping that Buchholz can return quickly in order to provide the organisation with another pitcher who has the ability to go deep into a game and provide some much needed relief for the bullpen.

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