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Clay Buchholz has to slow down comeback once again

07.15.13 at 5:48 pm ET
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NEW YORK — Speaking during the media availability for the American League All-Stars, Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz said that he still felt some soreness in the bursa sac of his shoulder during his 25-pitch bullpen session in Oakland Sunday and he has no timetable for a rehab outing.

Buchholz was originally supposed to make a rehab appearance Sunday, but that was altered so that the righty could stay with the Red Sox and execute a more controlled bullpen session. If that went well, the plan was to throw during the All-Star break  at Citi Field (with Red Sox trainer Rick Jameyson in attendance), and then perhaps eye a minor-league start.

But after continued discomfort on Sunday, Buchholz will wait until Thursday to throw again. He also noted he will throw a simulated game before making any rehab appearance.

“Sore,” Buchholz said when asked about Sunday’s bullpen session. “Threw pretty good intensity the two bullpens prior to that. My mindset going into that one, since I had the break to work with, was to up the intensity and see where we’re at. Still a little sore. Didn’t want to push it too far. Slowed it back down and finished the number of pitches I wanted to get to. Moving into the break, that was our deciding factor, just take a break, take it as a break and not really mess with it and get back to it when we get back there. That’s the direction I’m settled on.”

Buchholz said that he experienced the soreness only out of the windup. He was fine throwing out of the stretch. While he suggested that he might be able to pitch in a crucial situation in September, given the stage of the season and his hope to achieve a complete recovery in which he can pitch without any hint of soreness, Buchholz said that he and the team determined that his throwing program should be pushed back while he rests during the break.

“I’m still sore trying to reach back and throw, which I need in order to go on a rehab start. Just not quite there yet. … I said it from Jump Street, I’m not going to go out there and do something that’s going to cost me the rest of the season. I want to be 100 percent the next time I get on a mound, so that’s what I’m going to do.”

After initially injuring his AC joint, Buchholz missed two starts before returning for a pair of appearances. But following his June 8 start against the Angels, it was determined that the pitcher had to be placed on the 15-day disabled list. An MRI revealed that the issue was inflammation of the bursa sac — a diagnosis that Buchholz said has been confirmed by additional doctors.

“It’s muscular, it’s where that inflammation was going and the MRI in the neck that I took, the doctor actually said it was pristine. So there was nothing going on in my neck, it was just inflammation, there’s only two places to go,” said Buchholz. “And one’s up your neck and one’s down your arm. So that’s sort of the, I guess the after effects of all the treatment and probably throwing on it too a little before I should have picked up the ball. Trying to deal with it and get through it one way or another.

“It’s not something that kills me to do. I just don’t know what it would lead to if I did just keep throwing, throwing, throwing on it,” he added. “It’s like picking a scab, I don’t want to be messing with this forever. I don’t know how long it’s going to take, but regardless how long it takes I want it to be done in one time and not have to keep going back after two starts and going on the DL. It’s kind of frustrating, but it’s my mindset.”

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