Buchholz offers to pitch in relief in Game 6 or 7

Buchholz offers to pitch in relief in Game 6 or 7
October 28, 2013, 7:30 pm
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Many questions surrounded whether Clay Buchholz would make his Game 4 start.

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BOSTON -- Given all that he went through physically to make his Game 4 start, it was widely believed that Sunday night's would be the last appearance of the year for Clay Buchholz.

Instead, Buchholz has already informed manager John Farrell that he'll be available out of the bullpen went the World Series returns to Boston for Games 6 and 7.

"Based on the way he came out of [Sunday] night,'' said Farrell, "he said to me, 'I'll be in here getting ready for the next opportunity.' By no means has he shut down anything, either mentally or physically.''

Farrell said he thought Buchholz proved something to himself by pitching effectively Sunday with a weak shoulder and without his best stuff.

"I think so,'' said Farrell. "After the second inning, he came in and said, 'I haven't even tried to throw the ball hard yet. I don't know that I'm going to.' I said, 'Based on what's happened, you don't need to. Just keep the ball down, like you're doing.'

"The guy's got such a feel to manipulate the baseball that even if he's lacking in power, he can make up for it in other ways. His cutter and two-seamer were very effective.''