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BOSTON - Though Rick Porcello's rehab outing in Lowell was cut short due to lightning, everything else went according to plan for the Sox righty looking to salvage the remainder of his season.

Porcello hit the DL on Aug. 2 with soreness and inflammation in his triceps. The move was seen to be more precautionary than anything else, as both Porcello and John Farrell thought Porcello could have probably pitched before the mandatory 15 days off.

Saturday was Porcello's first rehab outing, as he pitched into the fourth inning but did not get to finish it.

"Threw the ball really well. In my conversation with Rick he was really pleased with how the ball was coming out of his hand," Torey Lovullo said. "Little bit rain-shortened unfortunately. He was supposed to go four [innings] and 65 [pitches], and he didn't quite complete that fourth inning and he didn't get to 65 pitches unfortunately. But the up/downs were what mattered. He got up four times and just talking to him he's really excited about how he felt with no limitations, and then the results not necessarily the hits and amount of strikes and stuff like that - we know what he's capable of doing - we're talking about internally how he felt and everything checked out just fine."

Porcello said he threw 37 pitches before he was forced to leave the field. He was happy with his rhythm, repeated his delivery, and said his arm slot was consistent.

Though Lovullo wouldn't commit to whether or not Porcello would go out for a second rehab outing, Porcello said the thought was going to be the plan from the beginning.

The fact that rain shortened his first start probably makes it even more likely.

"I think what we're going to do is get a feel for how he's doing today and piece it together from there," Lovullo said. "It's the day after his start, I think we want to get him back on his feet, see how he's doing, see how he's feeling and then coordinate from there."