Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz has announced that his shoulder is healthy and he is ready to go all out in Spring Training. Fatigue and bursitis sidelined him for much of the second half of last season, and he was still stellar even after the problems began. He was 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA, 1.025 WHIP, and 4.3 WAR overall last year and on his way to a possible Cy Young award before the injury. Imagine how well he can pitch for a full season this year when fully recovered.
A number of pitchers have already arrived at Jet Blue Park at Fenway South. In addition, 15 Red Sox position players have reported to camp early although they are not due until February 18. Pitchers and catchers officially report on February 15.
In this season’s first episode of “Spring Training Today,” Boston.com’s Steve Silva gives us a look at the players who have reported early, and he apologizes to Red Sox fans in Boston for the beautiful weather in Southwest Florida. His main focus, though, is Buchholz’s shoulder and Spring Training efforts. At approximately the 2:12 mark in the video clip, Silva asks Buchholz to describe how the pitcher knew his shoulder started feeling 100 percent. Buchholz replied,
“What Dr. Andrews told me the day I went and saw him — it’s all rest, you know. It’s like picking a scab if you just try to keep throwing and fighting through it, and so I took a full month off, not picking up a ball, not doing anything. Right when I started working out again, I didn’t… feel anything…. Probably mid-December actually…. I am using Spring Training for the purpose of Spring Training, and that’s to get ready for the season this year.”
Here is the entire video clip, thanks to Silva and Boston.com.
Red Sox fans will be glad to see a healthy Clay Buchholz. If he can pitch this year anywhere nearly as well as he did last year, then maybe he can complete that quest for a Cy Young award. He could at least help the Red Sox repeat as division champs and more.