Buchholz sore, scales back throwing

NEW YORK -- Clay Buchholz felt some soreness during his bullpen session Sunday, meaning he probably won’t be returning to the Red Sox rotation any time soon.

“Out of the stretch I felt OK,” Buchholz said at Monday's All-Star festivities at Citi Field. “Out of the windup, it’s still a little sore, trying to reach back and throw.”

Buchholz will play long toss while in New York for the All-Star Game, but will not throw another bullpen session here. He wants to throw at least one more bullpen session, plus a simulated game, before making a minor-league rehab start.

There is no set timetable at this point.

“This is all going on feel,” Buchholz said. “The first day that I feel like OK, I’m pretty much normal now, that’s when I’m gonna ramp up.

“I’ve said it from jump street, I’m not gonna go out and do something that’s gonna cost me the rest of the season. I want to be 100 percent.”

The 28-year-old hasn’t suffered a loss yet this year -- he's 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA. But he hasn’t pitched since June 8 because of a strained trapezius muscle in his neck, and has made just two starts since May 22.

“Pretty tough, frustrating for sure,” Buchholz said. “At least all the other guys are going out there and doing their jobs. ... It would be a lot more tough if everything wasn’t going as we wanted it to.”

The Red Sox finished the first half of the season at 58-39, the best record in the American League. But they’re just 2.5 games ahead of second-place Tampa Bay, 4.5 games ahead of Baltimore, and 6 games ahead of the New York Yankees in a very competitive AL East.

Buchholz also made the All-Star Game back in 2010, and said he couldn’t pass up attending this year’s festivities, even though he can’t pitch.

“You don’t know how many times this is gonna happen in your career,” Buchholz said. “You definitely want to be a part of it.”