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Buchholz responds favorably to treatment


FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Just as the Red Sox hoped, the right hamstring injury that Clay Buchholz suffered on Tuesday is not serious. The righty was back on his feet by Wednesday's workout.

"It was actually a good day for Clay Buchholz," said manager John Farrell. "He responded favorably to treatment. Range of motion is good. Strength is good. He still has some sensation in a smaller spot, more localized than yesterday, and actually went out and threw this afternoon after the workout, not off of the mound but was able to put a ball back in his hand. It was an encouraging day for him."

The last thing the Red Sox want to do is suffer early injuries to their starting rotation, and that's why Felix Doubront's health update was also encouraging.

Doubront felt a slight loss of strength in his left shoulder during long toss sessions, so Farrell has him on a more conservative program in the early days of camp. If all goes well, Doubront will throw a side session next week.

"Today, his throwing program had him at 75 feet," said Farrell. "He'll be back to 90 and 120 [feet] tomorrow, with gradual increases in intensity, and our projected date to get him back on the mound is still Wednesday."

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