Clay Buchholz to go off mound Friday

Updated: July 20, 2011, 12:53 PM ET

BALTIMORE -- Boston Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 19 with a lower back strain, is scheduled to have his first throwing session off a mound Friday.

Buchholz has been throwing off flat ground, throwing from 120 feet on Monday, and plans to play catch from the same distance on Wednesday. If all goes well, he'll throw off a mound on Friday, manager Terry Francona said.

If the mound work goes well, the Red Sox likely would ...

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