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Farrell says Clay Buchholz to start Game 3 or 4 in St. Louis

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

The plan is for Clay Buccholz to pitch in St. Louis. For now. (USATSI)
The plan is for Clay Buccholz to pitch in St. Louis. For now. (USATSI)

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Earlier Wednesday, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reported that the World Series status of Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz was uncertain because of health concerns. Now, Boston manager John Farrell says that Buchholz will start either Game 3 or 4 against the Cardinals back in St. Louis.

In an appearance on WEEI, Farrell said Buccholz was "ready to go" and said that his health wasn't a concern. With that said, Farrell's reluctance to say specifically whether Buchholz would start on Saturday or Sunday implies some uncertainty. As well, Buchholz, who missed roughly half the regular season with shoulder problems, showed diminished command in September and has pitched to a 5.40 ERA across three starts this postseason.

During the regular season, Buchholz, 29, notched a 1.74 ERA, 2.67 K/BB and 1.03 WHIP in 108 1/3 innings of work. In the here and now, though, he's far from a known quantity.

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