He pitched 125.1 IP in the minors last year, with an additional 22.2 IP in the majors. that’s 148 IP. Going by the current rule of thumb, teams don’t want to increase the workload over 30 innings over their previous high water marks. This year, he pitched 38.2 IP in the minors and 42.1 IP in the majors. With half the season yet to go, Buchholz is now fresh and ready to pitch another 100 IP with the big club and should be fresh for the post-season.
Buchholz is simply too good for the minors. In nine starts with Pawtucket, he’s 4-2 with a 2.47 ERA, 43 strikeouts and 17 walks in 44 innings. As a major leaguer — yes, including that no-hitter last season — he’s 5-4 with a 4.15 ERA, 65 strikeouts and 30 walks in 65 innings.
Keep in mind what the Boston Red Sox did with Clay Buchholz last year.