NEW YORK -- While the Red Sox speak about potential rehab appearance schedules for Clay Buchholz, Buchholz is still experiencing some soreness when he pitches out of the windup in his bullpen sessions with the team.
Originally, the Red Sox had slotted Sunday -- the final day of the first-half -- as a possible rehab date for Buchholz, believing that he might be ready to rejoin the club after two such appearances.
But that plan was altered in Oakland, when it was determined that Buchholz could get more out of another bullpen session than he would from a brief (three inning) rehab start.
"My mindset going into Sunday, since I had the (All-Star) break to work with," said Buchholz Monday, "was to go and try to up the intensity and see where we're at. I was still a little sore. I didn't want to push it too far, so I slowed it back down, finished the number of pitches that I wanted to get to.
"We decided to take the break as a break, not really mess with it and then get back to it when we get back (to Boston for the start of the second half)."
Buchholz said he felt "OK out of the stretch. But out of the windup, I was still sore, trying to reach back and throw, which I need to do to be able to go on a rehab start."
He added that the soreness experienced when he throws "is not something that kills me to do. It's just that I don't know what it would lead to if I kept throwing, throwing, throwing. It's like picking a scab. I don't want be messing with this forever.
"I don't know how long it's going to take, but regardless of how long it's going to take, I want it to be done in one time and not having one or two starts and then going back on the DL. It's frustrating, but it's sort of my mindset."
As such, Buchholz is unsure when he'll be ready to make the first of at least two rehab starts.
"I've said it from Jump Street -- I'm not going to go out there and do something that's going to cost me the rest of the season," he said. "I want to be 100 percent the next time I get on (a major league) mound and that's what I'm going to do."
Buchholz will throw a simulated game against some Red Sox hitters later this week in preparation for a rehab appearance. But even that is unscheduled.
"This is all going on feel -- how I feel whenever I throw another bullpen," he said. "The first day I feel like, 'OK, I'm pretty much normal now,' that's when I'm going to ramp up and do what I had to do."
Until then, he deals with the frustration of being sidelined for the past six weeks.
"Pretty tough, frustrating for sure," he said. "I've said it all along: at least all the other guys are going out there and doing their jobs. It would be a lot more tough if everything wasn't going as we want to. That would make it a little bit tougher to sit back and watch. But you've got everybody going out there and doing their job.
"So, that's why I'm going to keep it to be 100 percent before I come back."
Buchholz has undergone x-rays, MRIs and scans, all of which have come back fine. So he has to be patient.
"It just sort of a sit-and-wait and watch and let it get better," he said.