Buchholz takes next step toward return
Reliever Taylor Buchholz threw two scoreless innings Sunday for Triple-A Colorado Springs in his fifth rehab outing and second for the Sky Sox. He gave up one hit and threw 14 of his 18 pitches for strikes in a 12-8 win against Round Rock.
It was the first two-inning stint for Buchholz, who is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list and join the Rockies on June 3, and his second game for the Sky Sox. Buchholz made three scoreless one-inning appearances for high Class A Modesto on May 5, May 8 and May 10. He pitched one scoreless inning for Colorado Springs on May 13, throwing 11 pitches, seven strikes, before his two-inning outing Sunday.
In his five rehab appearances, Buchholz has allowed one hit in six innings with no walks and six strikeouts. Buchholz last pitched in a major league game Sept. 9, 2008. He missed the entire 2009 season and underwent Tommy John surgery June 17, 2009.