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Buchholz encouraged after throwing 40 pitches

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  August 9, 2013 06:41 PM

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. Clay Buchholz threw 40 pitches in the bullpen this afternoon and came away feeling encouraged about his right shoulder.

"Felt good," said Buchholz. "Everything is coming along. Feels like arm is catching up to the body a little but better, and there's nothing inside of my head when I'm going through the motion."

Buchholz, who has been on the disabled list since June 9, threw 27 pitches in the bullpen in Houston Tuesday.

"I threw harder, more intense today. Threw all my pitches," he said. "It feels a lot different than it did the first time around [before the All-Star break]. I definitely can feel it getting better."

Buchholz is scheduled to throw again Sunday and again in Toronto Tuesday. From there, he could work his way up to a simulated game later next week.

The Sox have Buchholz throwing every three days as he builds up arm strength. The Red Sox have been careful not to reveal any timetables, but Buchholz could rejoin the rotation late this month on the pace he is on.

The All-Star righthander is 9-0 with a 1.71 earned run average in 12 starts. His return could be a difference maker in the final weeks of the season.

Also:

LHP Franklin Morales is ready to come off the DL and could be activated Saturday.

Backup catcher David Ross will start a rehab assignment with Double A Portland Saturday. He will DH the first game.

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