Clay Buchholz took another step in the throwing program the Red Sox have mapped out for him as he recovers from the shoulder injury that’s had him sidelined since June 8.
After being shut down last Thursday, Buchholz threw from 60 feet on Tuesday with no issues.
“The throwing program will be outlined to 60, 90, 120 at varying number of throws or progressive number of throws before we get him on the mound,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “We don't have a specific date that right now he would get back on the mound.”
Buchholz will travel with the team to Los Angeles this weekend when it starts its 10-game swing through the West Coast leading up to the All-Star break.
Farrell said Buchholz will be able to throw on consecutive days.
“The days off will be more light, just get your arm moving type of catch rather than a complete down day of not putting a ball in your hand," Farrell said.
Meanwhile, Stephen Drew is still day-to-day with a tightness in his right hamstring, and it’s unlikely he’ll return before the road trip, Farrell said.
“He's improving,” Farrell said. “[He] was able to get out and do some running today. Light jogging. But he's been responding favorably to treatment. Still day-to-day. Don't have a projected date this week when he'd get back on the field."
With Drew down, the Sox are carrying an extra position player, Brandon Snyder, and have just six arms in the bullpen.
“We'll respond to that daily,” Farrell said. “If there needs to be a change then we'll certainly make that.”