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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Buchholz plays catch at 90 feet

By Kyle Brasseur

BOSTON -- For the first time since meeting with Dr. James Andrews on Monday, Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz threw from 90 feet on flat ground Wednesday. After experiencing some setbacks in his recovery from the bursa sac injury that has kept him from pitching in a game since June 8, Wednesday's session represented the first step toward returning to the mound.

"Clay already went out and threw today," manager John Farrell explained. "Out to 90 feet with increasing intensity. He felt good after the session coming out of it. By his own words, probably more intensity today than he's been able to get to in recent sessions. [He's] moving in the right direction."

After being warned by Andrews that pushing too hard during his recovery could keep him out for the rest of the season, Buchholz is taking a slow approach toward giving a bullpen session another try. Farrell outlined how the team plans to approach the right-hander's progression moving forward.

"One of the goals of this first phase is to get to 100 percent intensity at [90 feet] before he starts to incorporate the angle of the mound," Farrell said.

"[The next step is] to stay at this distance until he's able to get to that intensity, that full intensity."

Farrell said that there is still no timetable for a return, although Buchholz alluded to being able to make "four of five starts" at the end of the regular season when speaking with reporters on Tuesday. However, Farrell maintains that the Red Sox will take a cautious approach with the 28-year-old.

"Clay will be on the mound when he's ready," Farrell said. "I think it's premature to start to forecast any kind of time range."