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Dr. James Andrew cleared Clay Buchholz to pitch. What that means for the #RedSox now:
Dr. James Andrews gave Clay Buchholz the go-ahead to start pitching. But don’t expect to see the All-Star righthander start a game for the Red Sox any time soon.
Buchholz traveled to Gulf Breeze, Fla., and was examined by Andrews on Monday. He agreed with the Red Sox that Buchholz has only inflammation in the bursa sac of his shoulder and can pitch without fear of further injury.
"Clay comes back, I think, with a little bit more peace of mind and he'll continue on the throwing program that's been already put in place," manager John Farrell said.
Buchholz threw from 100 feet on Sunday with some intensity and will throw again on Wednesday once he returns to Boston. But Farrell offered no timetable as to when Buchholz will pitch in a minor league game and then return to the majors.
"I don't have a date," Farrell said. "We feel like he's going to have to continue to progress in some further distance in long toss before getting on the mound. He's going to need probably three bullpens before we get into a simulated game situation before going out on a rehab start. That's the best I can outline right now."
Given the days off needed between those points on the schedule, Buchholz may not pitch for the Red Sox until sometime in mid-August — and that's assuming there aren't more setbacks.
Buchholz is 9-0 with a 1.71 earned run average.
The positive news on Buchholz should help general manager Ben Cherington better prioritize the team’s needs in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
The likelihood that Buchholz will pitch again this season means Cherington can focus more on relief help than another starter.
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