Buchholz pleased with bullpen session

HOUSTON -- Clay Buchholz had a promising bullpen session at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday afternoon, completing a 27-pitch rehab session, where he said he had 60-65 percent intensity while incorporating each of his pitches.

“I’m trying to build up more pitches obviously,” Buchholz said. “I threw a couple of each of my pitches, but they were predominantly fastballs, so I’m going to build up to my normal bullpens, where I mix in all the pitches.”

Buchholz had not previously thrown from the mound since prior to the All-Star break when the team was in Oakland. Buchholz has not made a start since June 8 as he deals with shoulder soreness and bursitis.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said the light soreness was a positive sign when compared to the Oakland session.

“He came out of today’s session feeling pretty good about himself, and more importantly, he’s built up enough of a foundation that we can build a mound progression for him to follow,” Farrell said. “Progressive steps are being made right now, which is good.”