After three months of waiting and rehabbing, Clay Buchholz returned to the mound on Tuesday and pitched as if he'd never left at all.
Trenni Kusnierek sat down with Buchholz to discuss the importance of taking as much time as needed to recover from his injury.
"I didn't want to come out, get hit around, take a chance on getting skipped [in the rotation]," said Buchholz. "I didn't want to come back at 75%."
Buchholz was sharp on Tuesday against the Rays, scattering three hits over five scoreless innings, and said he felt that he had all of his pitches working.
John Farrell kept Buchholz on a pretty short pitch count of around 75 pitches last time out. When Buchholz pitches Sunday against the Yankees, he expects to be limited to 90-95 pitches.
If Buchholz is able to maintain the level of pitching he demonstrated before being injured, the Sox will have to feel good about their starting rotation as the prospect of the playoffs becomes an even nearer certainty with each win.