Houck (elbow) checked out fine after his start for Triple-A Worcester on Thursday, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports. Houck was only expected to throw two innings Thursday, but he wound up throwing 45 pitches across three scoreless innings. He allowed no hits and a walk while striking out six. The right-hander will continue to be monitored in the coming days, but he should continue to ramp up his workload going forward.
Houck (elbow) will throw an abbreviated two-inning start Thursday for Triple-A Worcester. Houck is recovering from a flexor injury in his right arm, and his return is notable for a team that lacks starting depth in the upper minors. The right-hander has pitched in the majors, going 3-2 with a 1.98 ERA over six appearances in 2020 and 2021.
Houck (elbow) recently got up and down during a bullpen session and will face hitters next, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports. Manager Alex Cora was pleased that Houck responded well to getting up and down during the bullpen session and has sketched out the next steps for the right-hander. Next up is facing batters followed by game action. Houck has not pitched in a game since May 4.
Houck (elbow) threw off a mound Tuesday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports. Houck has been dealing with a sore flexor muscle since early May, and Tuesday's throwing session marked the first time that he had thrown off a mound since he suffered the injury. The right-hander only threw fastballs during his bullpen session, but it was encouraging to see him make some progress in his recovery.
Red Sox pitching coach Dave Bush said Sunday that Houck (elbow) was cleared to resume his throwing program at Triple-A Worcester, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports. Houck, who is recovering from a sore right flexor muscle, is limited to throwing off flat ground for the time being, but Bush doesn't expect the 24-year-old to require much time to build back up for starting duty. Before being shut down with the injury earlier this month, Houck was viewed as the next man up to join the Boston rotation if the big club required another starter at any point.
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