The examination Clay Buchholz underwent on Friday to address the soreness that resurfaced in his right shoulder during throwing sessions before the All-Star break showed no further damage, said Red Sox manager John Farrell, who described the exam as "benign."
Buchholz, who has been on the disabled list since June 18 (retroactive to June 9), has been trying to work gradually himself back to the mound, throwing long toss on flat ground from different increments over the past month. He didn't pick up a ball over the All-Star break, throwing for the first time Friday as the Red Sox prepared to face the New York Yankees.
"He went out and played catch out to 90 feet today, he felt free and easy," Farrell said. "Didn't feel like he did in Oakland. So that's today's latest on him."
The recovery process, however, has been start-and-stop. Buchholz ran into his most recent setback near the end of the Red Sox West Coast trip before the all-star break, when he felt soreness after throwing consecutive days in Seattle and Oakland.
"It felt better today than it did the other day in Oakland," Buchholz said. "To me, it feels better as the day goes on, my body feels better, the blood's flowing and everything. To be able to throw again tomorrow, probably the same distance maybe a little more intensity and then go from there.
Buchholz said he will throw again from 90 feet tomorrow, and while this most recent exam revealed no new issues, if Buchholz's progress remains stagnant, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Buchholz could seek a second opinion.
"As much as we want him out there, we've just got to continue to be patient and listen to what he's saying," Cherington said. "He may get another opinion just to try to gather any more information we can just to put his mind at ease about what's going on."