PHILADELPHIA — Clay Buchholz threw in the bullpen at Citizens Bank Park this afternoon and felt no pain in the AC joint of his right shoulder. John Farrell said Buchholz is tentatively scheduled to start against the Yankees on Sunday.
Buchholz has not pitched since May 22. He faced the Yankees on April 3 and allowed one run over seven innings.
"It's pretty much gone," Buchholz said. "Now it just feels muscular and in the bullpen threw pretty much max-effort. The ball came out of my hand a lot better today."
Buchholz is 7-0 with a 1.73 earned run average in 10 starts.
"That's what stinks about it," he said. "You're going out there and feeling good with everything you're doing and you hit a little bump in the road. But I feel pretty confident I haven't lost the touch of any pitches. If I have, I've got some days to tinker with it. I'm ready to get back out there."
Buchholz will throw a short bullpen session on Saturday as a final tune-up.
Barring changes, the Red Sox will start Jon Lester, Felix Doubront and Buchholz against New York. The Yankees list CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes and Hiroki Kuroda as their starters.
Buchholz is 7-8 with a 4.67 ERA in 16 career starts when he has had six or more days of rest between starts. Buchholz had six days of rest before his start against the Twins on May 17. He held them to two runs over seven innings.
• Farrell said five innings and/or 80 pitches is the expectation for Franklin Morales tonight.
• Shane Victorino will accompany the team to New York. He is eligible to come off the disabled list on Wednesday. Farrell said the right fielder would start a rehab assignment on Sunday or Monday.
• David Ortiz on his plan for playing first base tonight: "I tell Pedroia that everything he can catch, go and get it." Makes sense.
• The Yankees will be getting Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis off the disabled list on Friday. Teixeira has been out all season with an arm injury. Youkilis played only 17 games before going out with a back injury.