Buchholz set to pitch live batting practice on Wednesday

Buchholz set to pitch live batting practice on Wednesday
February 19, 2013, 12:12 am
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Clay Buchholz, who suffered a slight hamstring strain in the first day of drills last week, threw a bullpen under the watchful eye of manager John Farrell and pitching coach Juan Nieves Monday morning.

"He threw all his pitches," said Farrell, "had no restrictions. He's not yet cleared for full baseball activity, but his mound session was good and puts him in line to face some hitters on Wednesday with live batting practice."

The Sox haven't yet scheduled Buchholz for an exhibition start, but as Farrell noted, "with the few days that he did miss, he was able to keep his arm in shape so he should be fine in terms of his original assignment date."

By contrast, the Sox are being careful with reliever Craig Breslow, who was found to have some inflammation in his left shoulder last week.

"He's still getting treatment," said Farrell. "He's probably not responding as fast as we all anticipated, so he's maybe at a little bit of a plateau right now. But the MRI he underwent didn't show any significant changes. We're still trying to get that inflammation out there."

Felix Doubront, meanwhile, threw from about 160 feet in long toss and also will throw live BP Wednesday.