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Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz, who has been out since June 9 with a right bursa sac strain, threw with hitters standing in the batters box on Saturday. He completed a 60 to 65 pitch session without any issues.
As reported by Ian Browne of MLB.com, Buchholz said he felt good following the session before Saturday night's game against the Yankees. The next step for Buchholz will be throwing a simulated game, which will be on the West Coast with the Red Sox or Triple-A Pawtucket. If that goes smoothly, Buchholz will begin a Minor League rehab assignment.
"I had hitters in today, so I got more comfortable the more I threw to a
hitter," Buchholz said. "Obviously the next step is to get some live
swings off of me and see how that goes. I'm willing to do whatever they
want me to do and whatever I have to do to get better."
Buchholz was the Red Sox best starter before going down with the injury. So for the Red Sox to have success down the stretch, it's important for Buchholz to return to nearly the same form he had before he got injured. If he returns by the beginning of September, it will be nearly three months since he's pitched in a Major League game. So it remains to be seen how effective Buchholz will be upon his return.
Buchholz is 23 games over .500 for his career and is 9-0 with a 1.71 earned run average in 12 starts this season. In 84 1/3 innings pitched, he's allowed only 84 hits and 29 walks.
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