Speaking after the Red Sox' 10-4 win over the Orioles Thursday night, Clay Buchholz said he was optimistic regarding his injured back after an examination with Dr. Craig Brigham Wednesday, and presented somewhat of a timetable moving forward.
"It was definitely good news," said the pitcher, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 19. "Structurally, there was no damage. My thoughts going in was thinking they were going to say something bad, but I came out there in a lot better spirits than when I went in, so that was good."
Buchholz said that he was hoping to throw Sunday and perhaps go to Fort Myers for some work a few days prior to when the team arrives in St. Petersburg to play the Rays July 15. The starter did receive an injection of cortisone and other anti-inflammatories Wednesday.
"They said there was nothing on the nerve, just a stress reaction on the vertebrae, and it was causing the muscle in the side of my back to fire a little bit," Buchholz explained. "They said it was definitely just a muscular thing as far as the hurting was, and that's basically all I got out of it. Got an injection and he said it was just going to take time to heal and I've got to work on some core exercises to get that healthy and strong again. As soon as I can't feel it, he said I can go from there. He said there was not a case of me hurting myself long-term if I had to pitch through it.
"It's just going to take until I'm comfortable throwing. I don't know when that's going to be, but hopefully it's sooner than later."
Buchholz, who carries a 6-3 mark with a 3.48 ERA in 14 starts, last pitched June 16.
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