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Clay Buchholz throws 50 pitches from a bullpen mound and calls it his “best day so far”

Aug 14, 2013, 8:08 PM EDT

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Clay Buchholz hasn’t pitched in a major league game since June 8 because of neck and shoulder troubles. But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports that the right-hander threw around 50 pitches — simulating three innings of work — on Wednesday afternoon off a bullpen mound and called it his “best day so far” in a chat later with various Boston media members.

“Today felt like a good time for me to test it, and yeah, the last 30 pitches I didn’t feel anything,” said Buchholz. “I think that was the best thing I could take out of it.”

Buchholz will throw a similar-style bullpen session on Saturday and could then be considered for a minor league rehab assignment. There’s still hope that he will be ready for activation by the end of August.

Buchholz, 29, was 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 12 starts before landing on the disabled list.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Buchholz turned 29 today. I wish him a happy birthday.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:15 PM

      The Jays slipped to 17 games out of first today, I wished them luck

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      Speaking of birthday boys, Esmil Rogers who started for the Jays tonight, turned 28 today. He was very unlucky to get a no decision. Rajai Davis had a great game for Toronto, once again showing that speed kills.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:01 PM

        That’s Esmil “please put me back in the bullpen where I belong” Rogers, his numbers put him right up there for the AL CY Yuck this year. Also there is a perfectly good reason why Rajai Davis has been with 4 teams in his 7 year career. That career .691 OPS% is a “major” clue

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:48 AM

        People that spend so much time, energy and thought following things they don’t like or teams they don’t want to do well miss out in that they’ve given so much of their thoughts, time and energy to doing that, they have wasted all that time that could have been spent following, thinking about and supporting the thing, people or teams that they do care about.

        Caring so much about something they claim not to like and want to see fail simply robs them of precious moments in their life that could have been spent much more productively following, thinking about and going after things they like and care for.

        It’s sad to see when people are so concerned with seeing others, teams etc… do poorly vs. simply living their lives and rooting for and following things, people and teams they care about.

        Those you like, love etc… are missing out due to your obsession in following and tracking those you want to see do poorly.

        A huge waste of your time, energy and efforts that would be better spent on those you care about.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Yeah.

    I’m still fully expecting surgery and, HOPEFULLY, a return around next years All Star break.

    But keep acting like it’s something minor. It’s only already wiped out half a season.

  3. zwilhelm16 - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Ha! Dirrtyharry that was good!

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      Hey thanks, glad you liked that one, how about that bluejays bullpen? Its like they have a nightly meltdown!! Gotta love it!!

  4. dan1111 - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:52 AM

    “yeah, the last 30 pitches I didn’t feel anything”

    Hmmm…that could be good or bad.

  5. stoutfiles - Aug 15, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    He’s married and has a kid, yet he considers today his best day so far?

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:00 AM

      He’s obviously talking about his day camping with Flo.

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