Buchholz feeling good after bullpen work

HOUSTON — Red Sox righthander Clay Buchholz threw 27 pitches in the bullpen at Minute Maid Park this afternoon, his first such work since July 14 in Oakland.

He came away enthused about the condition of his right shoulder and plans to throw again in Kansas City on Friday.

“I’m not really sure how long it’s going to take, but I’m on my way,” Buchholz said.

Buchholz has not appeared in a game since June 8. The Sox thought he was progressing before the All-Star break until a setback in Oakland led to his being examined by Dr. James Andrews.

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This time around, the pain was gone.

“It was night and day compared to that,” Buchholz said. “It’s been while since I’ve thrown with any kind of intensity off a mound. A little sore I guess from all the stuff we’ve been doing. But it’s different than the last time I was on the mound.”

Buchholz will need several bullpen sessions before he advances to either a simulated game or a minor league game. He is several weeks away from rejoining the major league rotation.

Also, John Lackey said his sprained left ankle will not prevent him from making his next start.

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