Clay Buchholz hopes mechanical adjustments produce results in rehab start

June 13, 2014 - 9:01 pm

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Clay Buchholz hopes it is just one rehab start before he makes his return to the big leagues. Buchholz, whose rehab start on Friday was pushed back to Saturday due to a rainout , made a couple of mechanical adjustments during his stint on the disabled list that he believes will lead to better results. With a 7.02 ERA and a 1.98 WHIP, Buchholz has not seen the results so far in 2014. During his rehab stint on Saturday, Buchholz will attempt to incorporate the adjustments he made with pitching coach Juan Nieves in hopes of a better outcome on the mound. "[I'm going to] try to go out there and execute them to the best of my ability and that's what this is used for, to try to refine everything in a game situation," Buchholz said. "Triple-A and the big leagues isn't that big of a difference in terms of talent and everything. Everybody has gotten a taste of the big leagues or are on their way to getting there so it's a good place to take a step in the right direction." While on the disabled list, Buchholz continued a throwing regimen that allowed him to maintain his arm strength, thus putting him in a position where he has a chance to make just one rehab start before returning to the big leagues. "I don't have to build up arm strength," Buchholz said. "That's usually what rehab assignments are for, to go out and gradually build your arm strength. But I hadn't stopped throwing and I've been throwing bullpens the whole time so I feel like the arm strength has gotten even better by just playing long toss and bullpens and everything. So if everything goes fine tomorrow and there are no hiccups, then I don't see a reason why [the rehab assignment would need to continue] unless they wanted me to throw another game. Hopefully this will be my only one." Although he kept a throwing regimen, Buchholz had to tweak how and when he threw his bullpens in order to compensate for the fact that he was no longer pitching every five days. "I threw longer bullpens and each of the last three or four I threw, there were 45 to 60 pitches and with a little bit higher effort level than I'd usually throw in a five-day routine," Buchholz said. "I threw the [simulated] game, too. It's been some effort going into it. Bullpens are usually a touch and feel kind of thing leading up to a start and when you don't have a start to prepare for, it's more to go out and try to prepare for a game simulation." Buchholz hopes that Saturday's rehab is the start of success for him in the 2014 season. "Confidence comes from results," Buchholz said. "First and foremost, you are judged off of results, even when people say that results don't matter. Sometimes it's about winning games and if you don't win games, it has to be pointed towards somebody and I wasn't doing my job up there, putting the team in a position to win games consistently. So that's what this was about and the only way that you're going to gain confidence is when you produce and have the results that you want."