After simulated game, Clay Buchholz now eyeing rehab outings

Rob Bradford
August 20, 2013 - 6:52 pm

SAN FRANCISCO '€“ Clay Buchholz finally has somewhat of a public timetable. After throwing a 46-pitch, three-inning simulated game Tuesday at AT&T Park, Buchholz was able to set a tentative schedule to map out his return to the big leagues. The plan is for Buchholz to pitch another bullpen session Friday before making a minor-league rehab outing Sunday. If all goes as planned, the pitcher would then make another start in the minors before either participating in a third rehab appearance or pitching in an abbreviated major-league stint. The third rehab outing might be dependent on if Triple-A Pawtucket makes the playoffs, which would extend the PawSox'€™ season past their regular season finale on Sept. 2. A postseason berth by Pawtucket would allow Buchholz to make another minor-league start. '€œIt's obviously taken a lot longer than I wanted it to or expected it to,'€ said Buchholz, who hasn'€™t pitched in a major-league game since June 8 due to an inflamed bursa sac (trap/shoulder). '€œBut if everything keeps going as everybody wants it to go, the body is going to be well-rested for an opportunity to help these guys and our team make a push here towards the end of the season and get to that postseason.'€ Facing Buchholz in the simulated game were David Ross, Mike Napoli and Xander Bogaerts. And while Buchholz once again came away from the exercise with a healthy dose of optimism, he also understands building up stamina heading into his return will take a bit more time. '€œI don't want to go out on a three-innings, 50-pitch limit and get into a game where everything's feeling good and have to get to the point where it's a tough decision to stay in or come out,'€ he said. '€œI definitely want to build up some stamina and obviously throw some more pitches.'€ The Red Sox will participate in another simulated game Friday at Dodgers Stadium with both Matt Thornton (oblique) and Ryan Dempster (five-game suspension) taking the mound.