Buchholz fine after two innings on Saturday

Buchholz fine after two innings on Saturday
February 24, 2013, 10:45 am
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FORT MYERS, Fla.  – After Clay Buchholz’s simulated two-inning game on Saturday, manager John Farrell said the right-hander could possibly be slotted into the rotation on Tuesday or Wednesday. Instead, Buchholz will throw another two-inning sim game of about 35 pitches on Tuesday with a possible start on Saturday at the Twins.
Buchholz had been delayed by a right hamstring strain suffered on Feb. 12, the first day of pitchers and catchers workouts.
“We have him scheduled I believe Saturday, next Saturday pitching, the 2nd, if everything goes well. And so far everything has been looking great,” said pitching coach Juan Nieves Sunday morning at the Red Sox spring training complex before leaving to join the team in Jupiter to play the Cardinals.
“He’s going to get two more innings [in the sim game] and probably have two innings in the game [against the Twins]," Nieves said. “It will still give him six starts. So it’s a wonderful, almost a regular spring training versus the long spring training that we all have.”
That allows the Sox to put Buchholz into the rotation behind left-hander Jon Lester, who – barring anything unforeseen – would be the Opening Day pitcher, and ahead of Ryan Dempster.
Buchholz, who said he wanted to see how his arm and leg responded after his outing, reported he had no problems.
“Everything’s good. I’m fine,” he said, sitting in front of his locker in the clubhouse Sunday morning.
“I guess they’re just taking their time with everything and making sure everything’s going to be fine, which is fine with me. Just as long as I’m throwing somewhere.”
Nieves was pleased with Buchholz's outing on Saturday.
“It’s been great,” Nieves said. “We had a really good time because he was throwing front-door cutters and everything. And John goes, ‘Hey, July 15,’ [midseason form]. But he needs to work on stuff like that, because a lot of times a guy like him, his versatility, the fact of being able to throw multiple pitches, sometimes guys when they’re not at least practicing them and they’re probably going up there with a fastball-changeup idea for the first outing, it almost catches up to you in April and you’re behind the eight ball a little bit.”