BOSTON -- Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz tossed back-to-back light bullpen sessions in the past two days, and said he's feeling good and ready for a 40-pitch minor league rehab start for the Pawtucket Red Sox on Sunday at McCoy Stadium.
He's hoping it'll be brief and efficient.
"Just the necessary thing I want to get out of it," Buchholz said. "Obviously getting out of there and seeing live hitters and just getting back on the mound for a couple of innings. When I talked to [manager] Bobby [Valentine], I didn't want to do a rehab deal and if the [minor league affiliates] were on the road I didn't feel like the travel would be necessary for it, but since it's a 45-minute hike [to Pawtucket], it'll probably be the best thing for me to get out there and have my first start back after the break not be the first time I've started in a month."
The right-hander has been on the DL since suffering a gastrointestinal bleed that resulted in a five-day hospital stay. If everything goes well, he'll be scheduled to pitch in the first series after the All-Star break against the Rays. He last pitched on June 19.