Bill Buckner could end up taking the field for the Red Sox this year.
Not that Bill Buckner, but 28-year-old pitcher Billy Buckner, who has signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox, according WEEI.com.
Buckner — who is not related to the former Sox first baseman — pitched at the Triple-A level in the Colorado Rockies system last season, going 4-8 with a 6.03 ERA in 23 appearances (21 starts). He last appeared in the majors as a member of the Diamondbacks in 2010, when he went 0-3 with an 11.08 ERA in three starts.
The most action Buckner has scene in the bigs came in 2009, when he made 16 appearances — 13 of which were starts — for Arizona. He went 4-6 with a 6.40 ERA that year, and in his major league career, the right-hander is 6-11 with a 6.25 ERA in 36 appearances (21 starts).
Garrett Mock was once a highly touted prospect in the Nationals organization, but he's struggled to catch on in the majors. The 28-year-old pitched in four levels of the minors in 2011, posting a 1-5 record and a 6.39 ERA in 26 appearances (seven starts) overall. The 6-foot-4 righty is 4-13 with a 5-17 ERA in 55 big league appearances (19 starts).
Both pitchers have reportedly been assigned to minor league camp.