Clay Buchholz: 'I put in the work I needed to put in to get better'

Rob Bradford
June 24, 2014 - 6:47 pm

SEATTLE -- Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz, as he prepares to start on Wednesday in Seattle -- his first outing in the big leagues since May 26 -- said that he feels ready to be a different pitcher than the one who was 2-4 with a 7.02 ERA in his first 10 starts of the year. After spending four weeks on the disabled list that included a pair of rehab starts in Triple-A Pawtucket in which he had a 2.53 ERA with 10 strikeouts and two walks in 10 2/3 innings, Buchholz expects that he is ready to help move the Red Sox in the right direction going forward. "I'€™m anxious to get back out there since the day I was on the DL, so, I felt like I put in the work I needed to put in to get better," said Buchholz. "It was a struggle [early in the season] but I feel like I'€™m ready to go." "There is nothing I can do about the numbers that are out there right now," he added. "I have to go out and pitch well, give us a chance to win. There'€™s no other way to do it. That'€™s my mindset. Just try to help out, contribute as much as I can, and that'€™d be me being prepared and throwing longer than the other guy does."