Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz would like to pitch in the playoffs -- if the Red Sox make it there.
Buchholz threw 30 pitches off the bullpen mound on Saturday, his first side session since he was shut down in July with a stress fracture in the lower back. He'll throw another bullpen, or even a simulated game, on Monday or Tuesday, Buchholz told reporters, including CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler.
If Buchholz can come back, it's unlikely he'd be ready to start, but he could pitch out of the bullpen.
"My thought process hasn't ever been pitching in the regular season. I want to be back for the playoffs," Buchholz told reporters. "If we get to that point, and I feel good enough to pitch in that last (regular-season) series, then we'll see where I'm at. But my goal is to pitch in the playoffs and try to help this team win."
Buchholz, 27, was 6-3 with a 3.48 ERA in 14 starts this season. In his lone postseason start, in the 2009 ALDS against the Angels, he allowed six hits and two earned runs in five innings of a loss to Los Angeles.
Last season, when the Red Sox didn't make the playoffs, Buchholz broke out with a 17-7 record and 2.33 ERA, finishing sixth in American League Cy Young voting.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @eyeonbaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.