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Saturday, June 22, 2013
Buchholz's recovery progressing slowly

By Chuck Pleiness, Special to

DETROIT -- Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz didn't take part in his planned outing in the bullpen Saturday afternoon, leaving his scheduled start at home Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies in jeopardy.

"Obviously, right now, he's not going to start on Tuesday," Boston manager John Farrell said while addressing the media prior to the game with the Detroit Tigers. "Basically what we're doing is going as tolerated with throwing. It's likely at some point we're going to have to get him out on a rehab assignment and at least one start for now."

Buchholz has been on the disabled list retroactive to June 9 with a strained trapezius muscle in his neck.

The plan was to have him throw a three inning, 45-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

"It's just not quite to the point where I can get on the mound right now," Buchholz said. "I'm still trying to feel it out, I guess. It's taking a bit longer than I want it to. It's definitely making progress in the right direction."

On Thursday, Buchholz threw from about 100 feet on flat ground. He did some flat ground work and some long toss on Saturday.

"The intensity went up today without any more soreness than yesterday or the day before," Buchholz said. "Moving forward just not as a quick pace as I'd like. If it's time that needs to help it heal, then we've just got to give it a little more than we were expecting."

"It feels to good go out and throw, but then it'll take one throw when it feels good and then when I try [something different] I still feel it," Buchholz continued. "I don't know if it's me throwing that's causing it to delay it a little or what. That's the only way I can feel it or test it is if I go out and throw."

Buchholz last pitched on June 8.

Day off for Napoli: Farrell also gave Mike Napoli the day off, replacing him with Mike Carp.

"Mike Carp is physically ready to go after the hamstring cramping he had down in Baltimore," Farrell said. "Matchup, another left- hander in there, I don't know how much left- hander relief available for them, but more than just a matchup."