Aug 6, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT
Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz hasn’t appeared in a major league game since June 8 due to a shoulder injury and his rehab has been littered with setbacks. But there may suddenly be reason for optimism.
According to WEEI’s Rob Bradford, Buchholz reported feeling “a lot better” after throwing off a mound Tuesday for the first time since mid-July.
The workout was only at 60-65 percent effort and only lasted 27 pitches, but it’s the first significant sign of progress for the right-hander in several weeks.
Buchholz, 28, was 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 81/29 K/BB ratio in 84 1/3 innings before hitting the shelf. He can provide a big boost for Boston with a late-August or early-September return.
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