Buchholz tossed one inning during the team's exhibition game against Northeastern University, and came away encouraged with his offseason work. When asked about his mechanics, Buchholz said, "They feel natural. I've been working a lot on it. It's basically the only thing I worked on in the offseason and throughout camp. It's pretty much to the point of being second nature."
Manager John Farrell was impressed as well. "This has been a continuation from the end of last year through his offseason bullpens," he said. "He's been able to execute so far."
Buchholz, 30, posted a 5.34 ERA over 170 1/3 innings last year.
“That’s my changeup from 2013,” Buchholz said, per The Providence Journal. “That’s what I depended on... I could probably count on one hand all the starts that I threw changeups that were consistent (in 2014). That's the one thing I worked on in the offseason. It's pretty much to the point of being second nature. I don't have to remind myself.
“I wanted to end the day on a changeup. That was a goal going into today. Being the first one that I’ve thrown in a live situation and it being a good one, it gives me a little more confidence going into my next outing.”
Manager John Farrell seems to be pleased with what he is seeing from Buchholz early on in camp.
“When he's staying behind his arm, that pitch stays on the plate -- which was the case and has been the case all throughout camp,” Farrell said.
“Out of the windup, the leg that I kicked with on its way down I would cast my foot out which would make me start to go to the plate a little bit earlier than I needed to,” Buchholz said, per WEEI.com. “When I spun off, with my back almost to the hitter, that’s what causes that. He’s worked with (Clayton) Kershaw a little bit, too. He said Kershaw was doing the same thing at some point. The two keys are being balanced over the rubber when your leg comes up and before you go forward let your leg go down first. Sort of make an L with your front leg so it’s more coming down and then out.
“The first time I did it to right now I feel more on line, my finish is a lot better and I’m not spinning off like I was. … When you’re doing good your not thinking about mechanics. When you’re not, all you’re thinking about are mechanics.
“It was night and day. When I’m not doing that, changeups were up and in to righties like they were all year last year for the majority of the year. What that does is make you stay back, and what I was doing on my changeup was going forward and trying to throw it too hard and trying to manipulate the arm angle to get hitters off balance. But from the first time I did that my misses were down instead of up, and pitching at this level you would rather you miss down.”
"I was healthy last year, which was the best thing that came out of it. I didn't pitch to my standards," Buchholz said. "I was glad I was healthy and towards the end of the season I felt like I was getting into midseason form but the season was coming to an end. Now, I had a full offseason this offseason, and I feel good."
Buchholz dealt with a neck and shoulder issue during the 2013 season and had his following offseason altered, with the team holding him from throwing until the beginning of spring training.
"I didn't do much of anything," Buchholz said of his previous offseason. "I ran, but it was probably the least amount of throwing I've ever down in the offseason because I didn't know how my body was going to respond to playing catch. Fortunately last year I didn't have a problem with anything [physically], but I was playing catch up for the first half of the season, and it's hard to do that at this level regardless of who you are and how good your stuff is."
Buchholz is entering the last guaranteed year of the four-year extension he signed in April 2011. He has a $13-million club option for 2016 that carries a buyout of $245,000, as well as a $13.5-million option for 2017 that carries a $500,000 buyout. Buchholz went 8-11 with a 5.34 ERA and 132:54 K:BB ratio in 170 1/3 innings last season.
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