Michael Wacha looks like he might be ready to return to the Red Sox next week. Either way, he helped make some history on his way back to Boston.
Wacha made a rehab start with Triple-A Worcester on Thursday night and pitched 4 2/3 no-hit innings, which led the way for the first no-hitter in WooSox history – a combined effort by three pitchers – in their 12-0 win over the Durham Bulls at Polar Park.
Wacha, Andrew Politi and Chase Shugart combined over nine innings to no-hit the Bulls. It’s the first no-hitter by the Red Sox’ Triple-A affiliate since Bronson Arroyo pitched a perfect game for the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2003.
Brayan Bello also threw one this year for a Red Sox affiliate when he fired a seven-inning no-hitter for Double-A Portland in May.
Thursday’s no-hitter included an anxious moment on the last play of the game, when with two outs in the ninth, Josh Lowe hit a sinking liner to left field. But WooSox left fielder Devlin Granberg made a terrific diving catch to clinch the no-hitter.
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Wacha hasn’t made a big-league start since June 28 due to shoulder inflammation, but he may only need one rehab start before returning. He was dominant on Thursday in Worcester as he retired the first 13 batters he faced.
“I’m ready to be back there for sure,” Wacha said after the game, per MassLive.com. “I was pretty pleased with how the ball was coming out and the command. Getting ahead of guys and if I didn’t get ahead of guys I was able to make a quality pitch to get back into the count. Oso (catcher Ronaldo Hernandez) was calling a good game back there and I was just trying to fill it up.”