BOSTON -- Right-hander Clay Buchholz, on the DL retroactive to June 9 with what was diagnosed earlier this week as inflammation of the bursa sac, threw before Saturday's game. He played catch in the outfield as the start of a throwing program.
Buchholz, who is 9-0 with an American League-best 1.71 ERA, had attempted to throw from a mound on Wednesday for the first time since his last start on June 8. But he shut down his session after about 15-18 pitches, and underwent an MRI later that day, which revealed the inflammation in the bursa sac. The prescribed course of treatment at that time was to give the right-hander several days of rest before he could begin throwing again. Saturday was the first time since then he attempted to throw.
The Sox, who are 11-1 in his starts this season, are just 11-9 since Buchholz went on the DL. It is still too early to tell when Buchholz might return to the rotation.