BOSTON -- Brock Holt does few things that surprise manager John Farrell, but even the Red Sox's skipper has been impressed by how quickly Holt has adapted to the outfield.
On Saturday, Holt played right field for the first time in his career. He played left field once in Detroit and for three games in Baltimore.
"It's his ability to adapt to a new position as quick as he has that's surprising," Farrell said. "Knowing how he is as a competitor and his baseball intelligence, that's not surprising. The ability to adapt is."
Holt played mostly second base coming through the Pirates' Minor League system, but when he was acquired by the Red Sox in December 2012, he needed a new position. The 5-foot-10 utility man played 21 games at third base this season before shifting to first for about a week with Mike Napoli on the disabled list.
With Stephen Drew back on the club and Xander Bogaerts sliding to third, Holt appeared to be the odd man out in a crowded infield. However, his .331 average and .823 OPS have kept him not only in the lineup, but in the leadoff spot. It's just his defensive spots that change.
"He's always hit for high average primarily playing second base, but the athleticism, we felt he could be a utility type," Farrell said. "But I think he's exceeded the versatility on the defensive side."
Drew passes latest tests, available to play Sunday
BOSTON -- Stephen Drew will be available Sunday after he passed all his hitting, fielding and running tests prior to Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Indians. The shortstop, who the club re-signed just three weeks ago, has been held out of the lineup for the past six games with a strained right oblique.
"He came through today fine -- the ramped up intensity to the batting practice. He'll be available tomorrow," manager John Farrell said.
Farrell said before the game that if Drew didn't pass all the tests, he'd undergo an MRI and could've hit the disabled list.
Drew said he was "still working through some things" and wanted to take every necessary step to make sure he's fully healthy because he's never dealt with an injury like this.
"I'm just saying, like, taking more swings day by day, and that's a good thing," Drew said after his batting practice and infield work, which he completed with no visible discomfort. "Going to take it slow and I have to do some more things and make it game speed-like and go from there."
The 31-year-old is 1-for-14 in four games since rejoining the club. In his absence, Jonathan Herrera has played mostly at shortstop and Xander Bogaerts has manned the hot corner --- now his full-time home with Drew back with the club.
Buchholz 'pretty anxious' to get back in Sox's rotation
BOSTON -- Clay Buchholz allowed four hits and three runs -- including two homers -- with five strikeouts in his first rehab start with Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday.
On the disabled list since May 28 with a hyperextended left knee, Buchholz threw 62 pitches over 4 2/3 frames in the PawSox's 3-0 loss to the Charlotte Knights at McCoy Stadium.
"Overall, I felt really good with everything, how [the ball] came out," said Buchholz. "[My] command was pretty good. When I missed with a pitch, I was able to correct it, and that [was] a struggle for me the last couple of starts up there."
Buchholz was able to throw all the pitches in his repertoire and his fastball registered in the 90s.
"I'm not worried about velocity," said Buchholz. "It's about how much command of each pitch I have and how confident I am out there throwing it."
The right-hander doesn't know if he'll make another rehab start or rejoin Boston's rotation.
"I'm pretty anxious to get back out on a big league mound," said Buchholz.
Joining him in Pawtucket on Saturday were Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who went 1-for-3 as a designated hitter, and outfielder Shane Victorino, who played right and went 0-for-2. Neither was in the lineup for the second game of Pawtucket's doubleheader, although Middlebrooks is expected to start at third base Sunday.
Middlebrooks, who has had more trouble throwing than swinging the bat, is recovering from a broken right index finger that's kept him on the DL since May 17. Victorino has been nagged by a hamstring that caused him to miss the first 22 games of the season. He reinjured it on May 23 and has been on the shelf since.
Felix Doubront is expected to start Sunday for Pawtucket as he heals a strained left shoulder. He's thrown 8 2/3 innings, allowing eight hits, four runs and a walk with five strikeouts in a rehab start each at Double-A Portland and Pawtucket.
• Boston scored a season-high 10 runs Friday night against the Indians. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only Sox team in franchise history to go that long without scoring double-digit runs in a game were the 1943 Sox, who achieved the feat in game No. 68 --- the 2014 club did it in game No. 67.
Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.