Why hasn't Buchholz been named Game 3 starter?

Why hasn't Buchholz been named Game 3 starter?
October 23, 2013, 2:15 am
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Is there something wrong with clay Buchholz that is leading the Red Sox to delay in naming him their Game 3 starter in the World Series.

That's the question posed to WEEI.com's Alex Speier by "Uno Sports Tonight" hosts Gary Tanguay and Michael Felger after a flurry of activity late in the Red Sox's workout Tuesday night at Fenway Park included lefties Felix Doubront and Matt Thornton facing hitters.

Questions are arising over Buchholz stamina and his diminished velocity and strength in the final inning of his ALCS Game 6 start on Saturday, when he left after 85 pitches. Buchholz missed three months of the regular season with shoulder inflammation before making three starts in September.

"He's expected to start," Speier said. "That's what I've heard from multiple people in the organization. He's expected to start one of the games in St. Louis."

Still, Speier said, "they are wise to stretch out Felix Doubront" in case he's needed for a long relief role behind Buchholz.

"The bottom line," said Felger, "frustrating. Is he not durable? Is he soft? Is he high-maintenance? On the eve of the World Series, we're still facing these questions with Buchholz."