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Buchholz hoping to start Game 4

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  October 24, 2013 01:34 AM

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Clay Buchholz said Wednesday night that he has been dealing with tightness in his right arm since his last start. But he hopes to be able to start in Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday in St. Louis.

Buchholz said a series of tests earlier this week showed no specific injury..

ďI couldnít really get loose. Ö It was a constant tightness that I felt. Thatís all there is. Iím going to go. Thatís my only goal, to be prepared to start on Sunday.Ē

Jake Peavy confirmed that he would start Game 3 on Saturday.

Buchholz, while confident he will be able to pitch, opened to the door to being scratched.

ďThatís our goal, for me to be out there on Sunday. Iím going to do everything I can to make that happen and be well enough to go out there and give the team a chance to win,Ē he said. ďIf thatís me going out there at 90 percent, Iíll go out there at 90 percent.

ďBut if it does come down to the wire and Iím going to run out there and not help the team win, thereís no reason for me to run out there. The last couple of days have been the rehab and working with the trainers.Ē

If Buchholz cannot start, lefthander Felix Doubront could move into the rotation.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said the team would look to give Buchholz all the time off it could.

ďThat would point to Sunday,Ē he said after the Sox won Game 1 of the Series, 8-1.

Buchholz struggled after throwing 74 pitches over four innings in his first postseason start. In his second start, Buchholz wore down after throwing 62 pitches over five innings. In his third start, on Saturday, the problems popped up after 74 pitches and five innings.

In all three cases he lost command and some velocity. Buchholz missed three months this season with a shoulder injury before returning in September and making four starts.

ďIíve got maybe one start left. This is where you want to throw it all on the line. Thatís sort of how Iím looking at it right now,Ē Buchholz said. ďI havenít been 100 percent in a long time now.Ē

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