BOSTON (CBS) – An MRI performed on Clay Buchholz’ injured shoulder revealed no structural damage, but the Red Sox starter will go through a brief shutdown period, manager John Farrell said on Thursday.

The MRI did reveal some inflammation in the bursa sac in Buchholz’ right shoulder, but Farrell hopes the 28-year-old can begin a throwing program over the weekend.

“He’s in a couple of day shutdown period. We’re hoping he initiates a throwing program, likely on the weekend,” Farrell said prior to Boston’s Thursday night matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. “The MRI (on Wednesday) didn’t show any structural issues…. Structurally, everything is good.”

“He had two good work days with more intense throwing, so there are small amounts of improvement,” said Farrell. “But we have to take a little bit of a step back here before we pick it back up again.”

When healthy, Buchholz has been Boston’s best starter this season. He is 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA, but has pitched just twice since the end of May.

Chances are Buchholz, who was placed on the disabled list on June 18 (retroactive to June 9), will not return to the Boston rotation before the All-Star Break in mid-July, but Farrell would not rule that out.


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