John Farrell on Salk & Holley: Clay Buchholz is 'ready to go,' will start Game 3 or 4

Scott McLaughlin
October 23, 2013 - 11:09 am
Red Sox manager John Farrell shot down reports that Clay Buchholz may not be healthy enough to pitch in the World Series, telling WEEI's Salk & Holley on Wednesday afternoon that Buchholz is "ready to go" and will start either Game 3 or 4 in St. Louis, with Jake Peavy starting the other. "I know there's been a lot of buzz about Clay's physical condition," Farrell said. "Where is he at? What's taken place the last couple starts? He's ready to go, and he will start." Questions over Buchholz' health began to pop up during Tuesday's workout at Fenway Park when Felix Doubront threw a simulated game with Farrell and general manager Ben Cherington looking on. Doubront then threw a side session with pitching coach Juan Nieves. Even after Farrell said during his Tuesday press conference that "everything is OK" with Buchholz and that he planned to start the right-hander in Game 3 or 4, reports surfaced saying Buchholz' status was in doubt. Farrell told Salk & Holley that Buchholz is healthy, and that if there were any issues that could potentially be made worse by pitching, he wouldn't hesitate to shut Buchholz down. "Is he healthy? Yeah," Farrell said. "If he wasn't healthy, and it was to the point of a detriment, either current or long-term, we wouldn't even hesitate. We'd pull the plug on it and go in another direction. But he's ready to start." Buchholz didn't make it out of the sixth inning in either of his two ALCS starts. He allowed just one run in innings one through five of those starts, but surrendered six in the two sixth innings he pitched. Farrell said there won't be any set pitch count or innings limit in the World Series, though. "The game will dictate the restrictions," Farrell said. "We don't go in with a hard, fast number that he's capable of. The one thing we have seen is that when he started to tire, it has happened relatively quickly. That's what we have to remain aware of."