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Clay Buchholz throws off mound for first time since July

Aug 6, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

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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.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Also, the mound now needs a shower.

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Look Buchholz! I do not care for you and I do not care for the people who run your team. However, my fantasy team needs you. So, please get well real quick. Sincerely!

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:08 PM

      Why are you only telling him this now? If he knew this when he first got injured he could have been back weeks ago!

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:19 PM

        Sigh!

    • bgm9876 - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      My team needs you also!

      • bfunk1978 - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        My opponent this week needs him, so he can start on Monday and I don’t mind.

      • bgm9876 - Aug 27, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        What league are you in?

  3. edelmanfanclub - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    They have depth at SP so don’t rush him back. There’s going to be a logjam when he comes back. Dempster will probably head to the pen or they’ll go with 6 starters.

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    If he’s back before the end of the month you’ve gotta like the Sox chances of making a run well into October.

  5. 13arod - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    2 days later u are going to hear he had another setback

  6. 8man - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Meanwhile, ESPN is recording that tonight’s Sox catcher has four passed balls in the first inning alone. What? Gotta be a record.

    • shaggylocks - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:24 PM

      Knuckleballer making a spot start for the Sox, so it’s not too surprising.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:48 PM

        The knuckler was gone after 1 inning. What happened to the next guy? I thought that Workman was a decent pitcher.

      • drewzducks - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:30 PM

        If he were a Jays pitcher 6 runs in 4.2 would be considered decent but thankfully he wasn’t Josh Johnsonesque and the best team in the AL went from a 5-0 deficit to a 15-9 lead.

  7. bosoxfan15 - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    @8man, he is trying to catch knuckleballs tonight.

  8. coloradostupid - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Lester’s the bigger issue right now – his last start was horrific – and that was with lots of run support. Buchholz will be needed in top form to make a serious run.

  9. bosoxfan15 - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    With the big comeback, Workman is in line for the win.

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