Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 3/2/13
Los-angeles-angels-boston
The hope was that Clay Buchholz would pitch two innings in his spring training debut on Saturday. He didn’t accomplish that feat, but all was not lost in the right-hander’s effort. Buchholz was lifted in the second inning after throwing 40 pitches, 22 of which were strikes. He had to battle on a number of occasions, and he gave up a hit and walked two batters, so it was far from a flawless 1 1/3 innings of work. But given the circumstances, it could have been worse, especially since the issues that plagued Buchholz in his first spring start seem like they can be corrected in due time. What isn’t correctable is health. Buchholz can work on his mechanics and work on changing his approach in an effort to improve going forward, but none of that can be accomplished if the righty is incapable of toeing the rubber on a consistent basis. That’s why Buchholz’s physical state is ultimately what matters coming out of Saturday’s start. The actual results are secondary. Buchholz hadn’t pitched before Saturday because of a mild hamstring strain he suffered in PFP drills during the first week of camp. Buchholz said at the time that he didn’t expect the injury to be a big deal, and two simulated games and a spring start later, it’s clear the 28-year-old is at least on the right path. “It was good to get out there,” Buchholz told reporters in Fort Myers. “I was little amped up at the beginning. Left a couple pitches up in the zone and lost a couple hitters in some counts that we’d like to either let them get themselves out or put them away. But given the fact that this was the first time out, I was happy with everything. Felt like the ball was coming out of my hand good, and used just about all my pitches.” The fact that Buchholz used all of his pitches is a good sign, even if it meant an early hook on Saturday. The first start of spring training is often a chance to ease into things, but the use of his whole arsenal shows that Buchholz really has no limitations going forward. That, manager John Farrell thinks, will ultimately benefit Buchholz as we inch closer to Opening Day. “He used all his pitches. First time on the mound, I think with each added inning — he likes to pitch with a constant mix, using all his pitches — I think with repetition, sharpness will come,” Farrell told reporters. “No ill effects with the hamstring. So a good day of work.” One month from now, a start like Saturday’s will hardly be considered a “good day of work” for Buchholz. Fortunately for the Red Sox, there’s plenty of time to work out the kinks before now and then, and Buchholz will be moving forward as a healthy man. Have a question for Ricky Doyle? Send it to him via Twitter at @TheRickyDoyle or send it here.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Grizzlies want Kevin Durant in free agency

WATCH: Karl-Anthony Towns throws down monster dunk

Dos Anjos: McGregor will 'break like a girl' at UFC 196

WATCH: D'Angelo Russell hit in groin by LeBron pass

Kobe Bryant has great response to Tyronn Lue story

Report: St. Louis Blues no longer interested in Jonathan Drouin

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Doc Rivers: Warriors have 'swagger' of defending champion

Damian Lillard added as a finalist for 2016 U.S. Olympic Team

Celtics legend Paul Pierce prepares for what ‘could be’ his last game in Boston

Free-agent WR Josh Morgan accidentally shot himself, charged with crime

Jon Beason retires after nine NFL seasons

Brewers Association sends Peyton Manning case of craft beer

Fighter says sex before fight partly to blame for loss

Kevin McHale: James Harden being out of shape hurt Rockets early

WATCH: Kevin Love re-injures left shoulder

Johnny Manziel’s grandpa on ex-girlfriend: ‘The girl has her problems’

Andy Dalton reunited with missing luggage thanks to social media

Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson used to soak his ankles in urine

Why Tom Thibodeau needs to be in New York

Defensemen in high demand as NHL trade deadline looms

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

Security guard indicted for assaulting University of Houston football fan

The LeBron-Kobe rivalry and Finals matchup that never was

Mario Williams recognizes Bills may release him

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker