Red Sox ace Clay Buchholz, who hasn't pitched since June 8 because of a neck strain, had been hoping to throw a bullpen session on Saturday and then begin a minor-league rehab assignment next Tuesday. However, as Evan Drellich of MassLive.com reports, Buchholz's ongoing neck discomfort prevented him from proceeding as planned on Saturday in Detroit. As a consequence, Buchholz will not be able to start his rehab stint on Tuesday.
"Basically what we're doing is going as tolerated with throwing," said Boston manager John Farrell. "It's likely that, at some point, we're probably going to have to get him out on a rehab assignment, at least one start for now. But there's no timeframe for that. We've got to get him on the mound first and build first."
As Drellich points out, Buccholz was able to throw from flat ground on Saturday, but thus far working from a mound has not proved possible.
Looking ahead, the Red Sox might need to recall Allen Webster or another Triple-A arm to make the start next Saturday at home against the surging Blue Jays.
This season, the 28-year-old Buchholz has gone 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 2.79 K/BB ratio across 12 starts.