Clay Buchholz remains optimistic he will make next start

Rob Bradford
May 27, 2014 - 10:39 pm

ATLANTA -- Clay Buchholz said Tuesday morning he woke up with an unpleasant reminder from his forgettable Memorial Day start '€“ a hyper-extended left leg. Buchholz explained the ailment first revealed by Red Sox manager John Farrell prior to the Sox'€™ 6-3 win over the Braves at Turner Field. (To read Farrell's pregame comments, click here.) "I'€™ve done it in the past. It was a little bit more intense yesterday, just over-striding and sort of hyper-extended I guess," Buchholz said. "I'€™m a little sore today, so I'€™ll throw a bullpen [Wednesday] and see how it feels from there. "I really didn'€™t think about it then. It was more when I woke up it was stiff and I had to think about what I did to make it feel like that. That was the only thing I could come to." Buchholz, who was still left searching for answers after his three-inning, 88-pitch, six-run, eight-walk outing, was still optimistic he could make his next scheduled start, Saturday. Both the pitcher and Farrell said that any determination would made once Buchholz'€™ physical progress was evaluated Wednesday. "I don'€™t think so," said Buchholz when asked if he thought he might miss his next start, "but we'€™re going to wait an extra day and throw a bullpen [Wednesday]." Another eye-opening revelation by Farrell was that Buchholz had lost a significant amount of weight during his start. While the manager estimated he had dropped seven pounds, the pitcher said he went from weighing in at 181 prior to Monday'€™s game, to 176 upon arriving Tuesday. "I wouldn'€™t think so," he said when asked if that was normal.