Clay Buchholz may not be fully healthy, but the way he sees it, no player is by the time the World Series rolls around.
"I've said it a couple of times this year -- I don't think anybody, especially at this time of the season, is 100 percent."
Boston manager John Farrell hopes his Game 4 starter can muster a solid performance despite a bum right shoulder Sunday night at Busch Stadium as the Red Sox look to even their series with the St. Louis Cardinals at two games apiece.
There's no question Buchholz is hurting, and he's not denying it, either. After going 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA in 16 regular-season starts, the right-hander has no record with a 5.40 ERA in three postseason outings and hasn't completed six innings in each of the last two.
Farrell, who inserted Buchholz into this spot in the rotation specifically to prevent him from starting more than once during the World Series, still has been impressed with how Buchholz has pitched through the injury.
Both insist the current pain is...