Buchholz throws off flat ground Monday

Buchholz throws off flat ground Monday
May 27, 2013, 5:00 pm
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BOSTON -- Clay Buchholz, who was scratched Sunday for Monday's scheduled start because of some inflammation in the AC joint in his right collarbone, threw Monday on flat ground.
     
"He feels improved over yesterday," said manager John Farrell. "We don't anticipate this being more than a couple of days extended before he's back on the mound for us. We haven't yet set the rotation for where he slots back in. We obviously had to wait for his throwing session today to figure out that.
     
"It was a positive day for him."
     
The Sox will want Buchholz to throw off a mound once before he's cleared to rejoin the rotation.
     
Farrell said the earliest Buchholz would take his turn again would be Thursday.
     
The Sox tentatively have Jon Lester set to pitch Thursday.
     
A few weeks ago, the Sox shuffled the order of their rotation to break up Lester and Buchholz, concerned that some of the other starters weren't getting deep enough into games. By separating the top two starters, the Sox believed they were giving their bullpen some time to recover.
     
But Farrell indicated that isn't the issue it once was.
     
"We're going to be limited on availability and need," said Farrell. "In the interim, Felix (Doubront) is coming along, John Lackey is working deeper into games. So that innings need hopefully is less of a demand for us. Maybe there's some flexibility this time on our part than was the case two turns ago."