Clay Buchholz says lat, not shoulder, has been issue since ALCS

October 28, 2013 - 12:50 am

ST. LOUIS -- Clay Buchholz missed more than three months this year due to inflammation in the bursa sac of his right shoulder. But that's not the injury that had his ability to start in the World Series in some doubt. Instead, Buchholz said, he was dealing with tightness in his right lat. He said it was unrelated to his prior shoulder injury, and "felt completely different" than the shoulder issue. "A little bit of lat stuff. I think that's really where I've got the most tenderness, or [tightness]," Buchholz said of his ailment following his four innings of work in the Sox' 4-2 victory in Game 4 of the World Series. "That's about it. I think all the stiffness and soreness was running a couple other places. I think all the tugging and pulling they had to do on it may have made other things sore, but to be able to come out and start this game tonight, it's big." Buchholz said that he was concerned throughout the days leading up to his start about whether he might be able take the mound. Those weren't answered completely until Sunday night. "After the first pitch, that's what I was thinking. I was like, 'Man, I finally threw a pitch,' " said Buchholz. "It's tough to think about it now, all the stuff I went through to get up to this point, but you know what? World Series, hopefully not, but it might be the last time it ever happens, and if I wouldn't have at least gone out there and tried, I don't think I ever would have been able to forgive myself. It was fun. Got a couple more wins to go. Like I said, team effort tonight. It was awesome." Buchholz said that he pitched at roughly an 80 percent effort level in deference to his injury. He reported that he emerged from the outing feeling fine, without any stiffness or soreness, and so while he's made his last start of 2013, he suggested that if the team wanted him to be available out of the bullpen in the final games of the World Series, he'd do everything in his power to make himself available. "They allowed me to start tonight, so if it goes to a Game 7 or something, I'm definitely going to try to prepare to be ready to help out any way I can," said Buchholz. "[All the credit for his ability to pitch on Sunday] goes to the medical staff and trainers. It'€™s been a constant workload for them the past four, five, six days. It'€™s been tough mentally going through that but being able to go out there tonight and compete and help the team win and keep them in the game, that'€™s big.'€™'€™