Through the early part of the 2013 season, Clay Buchholz was about as good as a pitcher can be.
Then the injuries set in.
The longer Buchholz was on the DL, the louder the cries that he wasn't tough enough, wasn't pushing hard enough.
The righty wasn't worried about any of the criticism.
"I know my body and I know what it felt like, and it didn’t feel good," says Buchholz. "I’ve had some misfortune the last couple seasons. I’ve got to learn to deal with it.
"It’s easy for somebody to point fingers at you when they think you can do something different… it’s hard sometimes but you’ve got to bite your tongue and just go about your business."
Buchholz has already demonstrated that he's capable of leading a major league rotation when he's healthy. Now, he must prove that he can stay healthy and produce over an entire major league season.
"I would love to make 32-33 starts in a season, help the guys that carry the workload," says Buchholz.
The Red Sox and their fans would probably be ok with that as well.