Sox shuffle Buchholz's timetable - again

Sox shuffle Buchholz's timetable - again
July 12, 2013, 9:15 pm
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OAKLAND -- Clay Buchholz's comeback timetable and schedule have been adjusted -- again.    

As recently as two days ago, the Red Sox said Buchholz would throw the first of two rehab outings Sunday. But after Buchholz threw a planned bullpen session here Friday afternoon, the team re-arranged things.    

Instead of going to Pawtucket or some other affiliate Sunday, the Sox will have Buchholz throw another bullpen here.   

He'll then travel to the All-Star Game in New York -- Buchholz was selected to the team, but obviously won't take part in the game --and throw a simulated game later at Fenway later next week.    

Then, Buchholz will make one rehab start with a possible return to the mound at the end of the team's first homestand after the break.    

"He threw the ball well (Friday),'' said Farrell of Buchholz's outing Friday. "He continues to gain strength and in talking with him, that's probably the thing that he's feeling -- the continued building back of arm strength. So Sunday will be another bullpen rather than a rehab start somewhere else.    

"What we've kind of come to an agreement on is that we can (replicate) the up-downs that would replace a three-inning start (which was planned for his first rehab). After that, once he goes out, he's basically already accomplished that first step.''    

Farrell insisted that the change in plans didn't represent a setback for the pitcher.    

"The most important thing is, there are no issues shoulder-wise,'' said Farrell, "or any kind of discomfort. He's just basically in a reconditioning phase, getting back closer to game shape.''    

Buchholz threw 30-35 pitches, and while he threw almost exclusively fastballs in Wednesday's bullpen, he added breaking balls on Friday.    

Projecting a timetable, Buchholz could be ready to return to the rotation on July 26, when the team begins a three-game series in Baltimore.    

"If we can accomplish that three-inning sim game with us,'' noted Farrell, "it would basically be the same as one of those two rehab starts we had been (planning). I wouldn't say (it's going to take much longer).''