ANAHEIM -- On the same day Clay Buchholz was named to the American League's All-Star squad, he continued to work toward a return to the Red Sox.
"Yeah, he threw out to 105 feet today with no restrictions, good intensity," said manager John Farrell. "We'll look to repeat that tomorrow and hopefully get out to an additional 15 feet of distance, out to 120. We're at two days on, one day off, as he's getting further distance and intensity and would hope that by the early part of next week, he'd be on the mound for his first bullpen session."
Buchholz has been out since June 9 with a neck strain. He will likely make two Minor League rehab starts before returning to the Red Sox sometime around July 24.
Though Buchholz obviously can't pitch in the All-Star Game, he will represent his team and take part in the festivities.
"It's a fun -- it's an exciting time," said Buchholz. "There's a lot of great players that never get to be a part of it. I'm fortunate that this will be No. 2 for me. Like I said, it's an honor to be named to it. I wish I could be healthy for it and actually face the competition. But I'm going to have fun with it either way."
Miller undegoes X-rays on ailing left foot
ANAHEIM -- It was hard enough for the Red Sox to lose, 9-7, to the Angels on Saturday night in a game they led by four runs with two outs in the ninth, but they hope they didn't suffer a more significant loss.
Lefty reliever Andrew Miller, who has been invaluable for Boston all season, had to leave the game with an injured foot in the bottom of the seventh.
Miller was taken to a local hospital for X-rays, results of which likely won't be revealed until Sunday.
The injury happened when Miller, after giving up a single to J.B. Shuck, tripped while going to cover home.
Miller was in severe pain when he walked off the mound and had to be helped to the clubhouse by teammates.
In the less serious department, right fielder Shane Victorino had to leave the game with left hamstring tightness. Victorino might have sustained the injury while legging out a triple in the sixth. He left the game in the top of the ninth.
As for Miller, the Red Sox can only hope he didn't suffer a fracture.
"It's the top of the foot," said manager John Farrell. "It's not the Achilles. Until we have results from the X-rays he's undergoing right now, will have more of a report for you. I can't even speculate."
Holt called up to provide depth at third base
ANAHEIM -- The Red Sox, feeling the need for a left-handed bat to platoon with Brandon Snyder at third base, recalled Brock Holt from Triple-A Pawtucket for Saturday's game.
Holt and Snyder will hold down third base for Boston while Jose Iglesias plays shortstop until Stephen Drew returns from the disabled list. With Angels right-hander Jerome Williams on the mound, Holt made the start on Saturday.
"Anytime you can get up here, that's everyone's goal," said Holt, who picked up an RBI in the second inning with a sacrifice fly. "Watching these guys the whole year, it's been fun to watch and I'm excited to be a part of it for however long it may be."
Holt was acquired by the Red Sox along with closer Joel Hanrahan in a trade with the Pirates back in December.
Last year, Holt played in 24 games with Pittsburgh, hitting .292 with no homers and three RBIs in 65 at-bats.
To make room for Holt on the roster, the Red Sox sent Jonathan Diaz back to Pawtucket. Like Diaz, Holt can play second, short and third.
"At the time we purchased Diaz's contract, Holt was still dealing with the oblique injury, so he wasn't physically ready to come, and he was able to get the last three games in Pawtucket in preparation for coming back here," said manager John Farrell. "Just the stretch of right-handed starters we're going to go through here, that added left-handed bat on the infield is what we're looking at."