Notes: Buchholz slated to be No. 5 starter

Notes: Buchholz slated to be No. 5 starter
March 25, 2014, 1:45 pm
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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Clay Buchholz, Tuesday's starter, is slated to be the No. 5 starter when the season starts, but manager John Farrell said that was more a reflection of the Sox wanting to get him some extra time, and not a determination that he was the team's fifth-best starter.
    
"It was more based on what we felt his needs were coming into camp,'' said Farrell. "We felt like it give him a few more days to gradually build up. This wasn't a matter of looking at schedule; we like Clay against every team that we play against.
    
"This is more based on a few exttra days for his personal preparation.''

-- It's sounding more and more like Craig Breslow will open the season in the minor leagues, to buy more time to get ready.
    
Breslow didn't appear in a game until Monday, when he pitched in a minor league game. He'll next appear in a game Thursday, also in the minors.
    
"We'll assess him again and by Thursday, we'll have a better read where he begins the season,'' said Farrell. "We're not going to get into 'Let's see what happens Saturday.' I think we've got to be pretty clear cut before Saturday.
    
"There's a number of things we factor into this, first and foremost, is his health. There's also the limits of how much he's thrown. Early in the year, you'd like to think you've got a couple of multi-inning guys (in the bullpen) that you can go to because the starters haven't been built out to their fullest, as they would be in May or June. So there's a number of things that come into play.''
    
The likely choice to replace Breslow would be Brandon Workman.