Starting pitcher Clay Buchholz is inching closer to pitching in an actual game. Just don't hold your breath. We value our readership.
Buchholz threw a successful 50-pitch bullpen session Wednesday afternoon and is scheduled to throw again Saturday.
Buchholz was able to work on all his pitches and said he "got up to about 85 percent" strength on his final pitches. The next step will be to pitch to actual hitters in simulated conditions.
"Best day so far," Cautious Clay told reporters after the session. "It felt like a pretty standard bullpen for me. The last 30 pitches I didn't feel anything. That's the best thing I could take out of it."
Asked if September 1 was the target date for return, Buchholz said he's "not looking at specific dates."
Manager John Farrell said, "No increase in stiffness of any kind. He got loose as he began the next simulated inning. Overall a good day."
If all goes well *crosses fingers, lights candle, forms prayer circle* Buchholz could make 2-3 starts with the Red Sox before the playoffs.