Buchholz ready; Beckett to be evaluated

One start for Pawtucket was enough for Clay Buchholz, who said he got everything he was hoping for during his outing Friday night in Syracuse. The righthander is scheduled to pitch against Oakland Wednesday.

Buchholz threw 60 pitches over 3 2/3 innings and allowed four hits and two runs, including a solo home run. Buchholz said he wanted to make sure his velocity was there and that he wasn’t favoring the injured hamstring.

“Everything felt good,” Buchholz said. “The pitches felt good coming out of my hand. Each pitch I threw, I threw a couple of good ones. The stuff is still there.”

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A Triple A game against the Syracuse Chiefs obviously doesn’t carry the same weight as a start against the Yankees, but Buchholz said that after three weeks away, the adrenaline of pitching again was still there.

“Getting back out on the mound was key,” Buchholz said. “It felt good. I didn’t feel like I was any less amped up for this game than I am for any start up here.”

Buchholz said that he ran to cover first a few times during the start just to see how he was moving off the mound, and said he felt good about how he was able to move.

Manager Terry Francona said Josh Beckett will be kept to around 85 pitches if all goes as planned in Saturday night’s rehab start in Syracuse. After the game, the Sox will see if Beckett is ready to set a return date.

“We’ll sit down and re-evaluate not only where we think he is, but where he thinks he is, see if he’s ready to pitch for us or if he needs another one,” Francona said.

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