Buchholz crisp in second outing

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Buchholz crisp in second outing

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Right-hander Clay Buchholz continued to work on his changeup Friday night against the Pirates, and was satisfied with the results.

Buchholz went three innings, giving up two runs on three hits with a strikeout and a hit batter. Buchholz took the loss as the Red Sox fell to the Pirates, 7-4.

I felt better physically, actually, Buchholz said of his second spring outing. Pitches felt like they came out a lot crisper. Made two mistakes -- actually the second one wasnt a mistake, just first-pitch changeup and he caught it. The first hit I gave up to Clint Barmes was a really good pitch, and he just did a good job of hitting. Left a pitch up to Andrew McCutchen his first at-bat.

The changeup was probably the pitch I threw the most besides fastballs. Felt good. Thats what I wanted to do today. I wanted to go out and be able to throw changeups behind in the count just to get a feel for it. And I threw a couple really good ones that came out really nice. That was good to feel that.

Buchholz said his back, which sidelined him after his June 16 start last season, has not been a concern to him this spring.

No, its something that I dont really think about, he said. Get here and stretch and do all the preventative work and everything. But once I step out there and start running around its nothing that Im thinking about trying to hold back.

But it is something he will have to maintain throughout the season.

Buchholz will make his next start Tuesday. The Red Sox are scheduled to travel to Tampa to face the Yankees in a night game on Tuesday. Buchholz is not scheduled for that game, so he would likely start a minor league game.

Pomeranz 'pretty comfortable' with potential move to bullpen

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Pomeranz 'pretty comfortable' with potential move to bullpen

NEW YORK -- If Drew Pomeranz is going to be part of the Red Sox' postseason plans, the team will likely have a better idea about that question by Thursday afternoon.

Pomeranz, who was scratched from his final scheduled start on Thursday because of soreness in his left forearm and general concern about his 2016 workload, will throw a 30-35 pitch bullpen.

If he responds well, he could then see some relief action over the final weekend at Fenway to determine his readiness for the playoffs.

"Before we even begin to map out a potential relief appearance over the weekend,'' said John Farrell, "we've got to get through that next step.''

Pomeranz pitched well in his last start at Tropicana Field over the weekend, but has been dealing with some discomfort in his forearm.

"I've had some soreness here, late in the year,'' Pomeranz said. "I've thrown more innings than I have ever (before), so we kind of sat down and talked about the best course of action the rest of the way.''

Pomeranz described what he felt as "just some soreness, probably from never covering this time of the year. It's a spot I've never been in before. We just decided the best thing to do was not making this last start and talk about maybe sliding into the bullpen.''

The lefty is no stranger to the bullpen, having pitched there as recently as last season while with Oakland.

"I've had the benefit of doing pretty much everything (in terms of roles),'' he said. "I'm pretty comfortable in any situation. If they see me helping there, obviously, that's where I want to be. But I don't know if it's a sure thing. We'll have to see how it goes.''

Meanwhile, another sidelined starter, Steven Wright, is expected to rejoin the team in Boston Friday. Wright threw a bullpen off the mound earlier this week in Fort Myers as he attempts to come back from inflammation in his shoulder.