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Clay Buchholz officially heading to bullpen, Eduardo Rodriguez to start Sunday

08.25.16 at 4:20 pm ET

Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz

It was no surprise, but after the Red Sox’ 2-1 loss to the Rays, Sox manager John Farrell made it official.

Clay Buchholz is headed back to the bullpen.

The move was necessitated by the return of both Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez to the starting rotation, with Wright starting Friday night in the series opener against the Royals, and Rodriguez getting the call for Sunday’s night’s finale.

Buchholz has been outstanding since July 27, totaling a 1.96 ERA in eight appearances, three of which were starts. In the three games he started in place of Wright, Buchholz managed a 2.70 ERA.

He is coming off a 6 1/3-inning gem against the Rays Tuesday night in which the righty only allowed one run while striking out nine.

The move was made official after Rodriguez (hamstring) completed another successful bullpen session, having throwing a three-inning simulated game Tuesday at Tropicana Field.

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