I interviewed Clay Buchholz following his rehab start tonight in Syracuse. Buchholz threw 60 pitches, 33 strikes (3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) in Pawtucket’s 9-5 win over the Chiefs.
(photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor)
How did your hamstring feel?
It felt good. I figured going in – I’ve been throwing bullpens throughout the whole thing and it hasn’t really bothered me – I didn’t think pitching was going to bother me at all today so it was just going to be bouncing off the mound and getting to first and I did that a couple of times and it felt fine. I thought I would be a little bit rusty and a little bit amped up to get back and both of those things were true. But I felt good – I’m definitely making progress.
Your velocity was good – how about your command?
Mediocre I think. I threw a couple of good pitches and tried to go back to them and the release point wasn’t really there. But I think that will come as I get back into the game and throw bullpens at a regular pace. Other than that, everything felt good.
Which pitches were working and which ones weren’t?
I think the 2-seamer was moving a little too much. Both hits by Bynum, the home run and the single up the middle, were sinkers that were supposed to hit the corner and they ran right over the middle. You expect those pitches to get hit. The changeup was good from time to time and I threw a couple of good curveballs. The cutter just comes off the fastball so if the fastball is good I think the cutter is going to be good.
Do you know what’s next?
Not really. I just got off the phone with Tito. He called me to see if everything was alright and I told him it was. He said, “Alright, you’re good to go.” Hopefully I’ll get to go back up there and get in the mix again at Fenway. That’s what I’m hoping.
Based on that conversation with Tito, do you expect your next start to be with Boston?
I would like it to be. They’re not going to risk hurting me – they’re going to wait until I’m fully healthy. So I’ll get to Boston tomorrow and probably do some more running stuff and see where that leads. I definitely want to be back in the rotation in the next five days.