Maybe Clay Buchholz will need just one rehab start after all. That's a scenario the Red Sox right-hander suggested was possible Wednesday, on a day he said he felt like he had "finally turned a corner" in his recovery from right-shoulder bursitis. He threw from about 100 feet on flat ground, and would need to get to 120 feet before stepping on a mound. "I feel like I'm finally getting close to feeling pretty much normal now. So last few days of throwing are encouraging," Buchholz said. "I'm finally able to clear my head a little bit and go about it as just getting back to getting off the mound. "Took a couple days off and then easy toss yesterday and today more intense. Probably the most intense I've been regardless of being flat ground or on the mound so. Given that, it feels fine, I'm getting off that uphill slope and moving downhill." Sox manager John Farrell has said that Buchholz would need at least two rehab starts in the minors because he hasn't thrown in a game for an extended amount of time, since June 8. Needing two rehab starts would guarantee Buchholz wouldn't pitch again in the first half — but Buchholz wasn't conceding that point yet. "As far as the rehab stuff goes, me personally, if I felt good in the first start, I would ask him just to throw me back in there," Buchholz said. "Given that's speaking in advance. But if I felt like I was fine to throw in one rehab start, I don't think I'd need two unless I didn't have feel for my pitches. " Farrell didn't rule out the one-rehab start idea, but didn't say it was a viable option either.
Clay Buchholz says he's 'finally turned a corner'
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