Farrell: Buchholz 'felt good' after throwing

Farrell: Buchholz 'felt good' after throwing
July 24, 2013, 5:00 pm
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BOSTON -- Clay Buchholz continued to progress in his attempted return to the mound prior to Wednesday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. Buchholz threw from 90 feet with increased intensity, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell.

"He felt good after the session, coming out of it," said Farrell. "And by his own words, he got to more intensity today than he's been able to get to in recent sessions. So, we're moving in the right direction.

"In his exam with [Dr.] Andrews, one of the goals of this first phase is to get to to 100 percent intensity at 75-to-90 feet before he starts to incorporate the angle of the mound. He's moving in that direction."

The next step, according to Farrell, is for Buchholz to continue throwing at this distance until he's able to get to full intensity.

As for a timetable, the Red Sox manager still does not have an exact date in mind, even after Buchholz relayed Dr. Andrews' report, which said that Buchholz could make four or five regular-season starts, ultimately setting him up for an early September return.

"I haven't got to the point of a date," said Farrell. "I look at it as those three phases along the way, and whatever date that brings us to, Clay will be on the mound when he's ready. But I think it's premature to start to forecast any kind of time range."