FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz submitted his worst outing of the spring. He allowed more runs (6) than he recorded outs (5), allowing four hits and three walks while throwing three wild pitches and hitting a batter. He said that he couldn't get a feel for either his fastball or changeup, and he ended up bouncing both pitches on more than one occasion.
The right-hander, who seemed to cement his place in the rotation last season, when he went 7-4 with a 4.21 ERA after being called up by the Sox for the second half, now has a 10.80 ERA this spring. Asked whether he was worried that he had jeopardized his spot in the rotation (during a camp when the Sox have six established major league starters), Buchholz suggested that it was not for him to make that call.
“That’s not for me to decide,” he said. “I think once the season gets underway and it starts, I’ll buckle down. I’ll do what I need to do to help this team win. No added pressure, no stress for the season, but I feel like I could have a good year if I do all the little things right.
“They haven’t said anything to me [about a role in 2010] since the first day I got here for spring training,” he continued. “Just basically go out, pitch like I can, throw the ball well and let the organization decide what they want to do.”
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