Starting pitcher Clay Buchholz picked up a ball Wednesday and threw it. 90 feet.
Buchholz wasn't in a game mind you.
There was an ace on the mound, but for the 47th straight day it was not Clay Buchholz. That was Rays ace David Price tossing a complete game five hitter.
Tampa Bay now trails the Sox by a 1/2 game.
According to Red Sox manager John Farrell, Buchholz threw well on flat ground "with increasing intensity." Farrell said Buchholz "felt good coming out of [the session]." It was the first time Buchholz has thrown since meeting with Dr. James Andrews on Monday.
The plan seems to be that Buchholz will throw three bullpen sessions, a simulated game and then at least one minor-league rehab start.
Farrell said, "Clay will be on the mound when he's ready. It's premature to forecast any kind of time range."
Buchholz has not pitched sine June 6. The Red Sox are in a pennant race. The Tampa Bay Rays are breathing down their neck in a fight for the top spot in the American League East.
Anyone think it would have been nice for the Red Sox to have their ace on the mound?