Buchholz takes 'another step' towards return

Buchholz takes 'another step' towards return
July 3, 2013, 6:30 pm

BOSTON – Right-hander Clay Buchholz continued his throwing program Wednesday afternoon, getting out to about 75-80 feet, “with pretty good intensity,” manager John Farrell said.
 
“Today was another step, another good work day for him,” Farrell said.  “The fact is there’s no restriction, no feeling of any kind of discomfort all the way thru the arm stroke. And that’s first and foremost. As I mentioned yesterday we still have to get out to 120-plus feet before we do get him to the mound. But just talking to Clay there’s, I don’t want to say a little relief in there, but there’s certainly a better outlook than maybe seven, 10 days ago.”
 
Buchholz has been on the disable disabled list retroactive to June 9 with inflammation of the bursa sac. In 12 starts he is 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA, while the Sox are 11-1 in those starts. The Sox are 13-9 since he has been on the DL.
 
It is still too soon to say when he will return to the roster, when he will begin a rehab assignment, or how many rehab starts he will need.
 
“That’s something that, once we get to the mound in our bullpen sessions,” Farrell said, “we’ll map that plan out a little more clear in due time.”