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Buchholz pleased with changeup

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  March 9, 2012 09:23 PM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Clay Buchholz, who threw 51 pitches, was working on his changeup tonight.

“It felt good. That’s what I wanted to do, I wanted to go out and throw changeups behind in the count to get a feel for it,” Buchholz said. “It’s a pitch I feel l have to throw to complement the fastball and the other pitches that I have. It’s always been a good pitch for me.”

Buchholz said his back, which caused him to miss the final 3 1/2 months of last season, felt fine. It hasn't been an issue this spring.

"It's been good. I haven't had any lapses or any pain or days that I needed to take a light day or a day off," he said. "That wasn't the case last year when everything started happening. I felt like I wasn't able to do much."

Buchholz has a series of stretches and exercises he does to maintain the flexibility of his back.

Buchholz said he is next pitching on Tuesday. He is not on the schedule to face the Yankees in Tampa, so that game will probably be in the minor leagues.

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