June 2, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz (11) pitches against the New York Yankees during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Clay Buchholz "Feeling Pretty Much Normal," Close to Rehab Assignment for Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox’s ace pitcher is heading in the right direction after landing on the 15-day disabled list a few weeks ago.

Clay Buchholz suffered a neck strain, and hasn’t pitched for the Red Sox since June 8th against the Los Angeles Angels. Since being put on the DL, it looks like the starting right-hander is feeling the best he has in a while.

“It’s finally turned a corner actually,” said Buchholz in the RedSox.com’s Notebook. “I feel like I’m finally getting close to feeling pretty much normal now. So the last few days of throwing are encouraging. Like I 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.”

Buchholz also said that if his first start in the rehab assignment was successful, he’d like to be put in the Red Sox rotation immediately.

The starter has had one of the best seasons in all of baseball and could have been the American League Cy Young favorite if it wasn’t for Max Scherzer. Buchholz is currently 9-0 with a 1.71 earned run average. He’s given up just 16 earned runs on 57 hits and has 81 strikeouts compared to 29 walks.

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