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Buchholz still on track for Game 4

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  October 24, 2013 07:03 PM

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Red Sox righthander Clay Buchholz remains on track to start Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday despite tightness in his shoulder that has required treatment over the last few days.

Buchholz started Game 3 of the Division Series and Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. But the injury will bump him back and Jake Peavy will start Game 3 on Saturday in St. Louis.

"Felt like the overriding thing was an additional day of rest for him and he’s going to go Sunday," manager John Farrell said on Thursday.

The Red Sox had Felix Doubront throw a three-inning simulated game on Tuesday. But there are no concrete plans about who could start Game 4 if Buchholz is scratched.

“It depends on who’s used the next two [games]," Farrell said. "We know that we have multiple guys [in the bullpen] who can go multiple innings. [Ryan] Dempster being one, Doubront another. If we have to piece it together, we’ll adjust accordingly. To say that we’re going to have a guy warming alongside Clay, we’re not at that point.”

If the Red Sox want to remove Buchholz from the roster because of the injury, MLB would have to approve.

“Typically when a player is injured, it’s because they’ve been hurt inside that series,” Farrell said. “If it’s not something that’s currently taking place, there’s got to be some documentation along the way that there’s something going on here. It’s even subjective to that point to how deep they examine the case. Would they allow a change? We don’t know that.”

If the Red Sox did attempt a roster move, lefthanded reliever Matt Thornton is the only non-roster pitcher who has continued throwing.

A few other Red Sox notes:

• The Red Sox will lose the DH in St. Louis. But there are no plan to have Mike Napoli catch or play any other position. Either Napoli or David Ortiz will be out of the starting lineup.

• Farrell didn't expect the umpires to change the call in the first inning on Wednesday when Pete Kozma dropped the ball at second base on the force.

Honesty I was a little surprised that it was changed,” he said. “Typically you don’t see that happen.”

Farrell sprinted out of the dugout to argue when the call was made. “I almost thought about hook sliding,” he said.

• Dustin Pedroia on Xander Bogaerts: "He's been unbelievable. Not only on the field but the way he acts in the clubhouse, the respect he gives everybody. He works his tail off, too. The sky is the limit for him. And him getting this experience and playing on this stage, it's only going to help him down the road. He's going to take over a leadership role, too, soon. This guy has it all and we're happy to have him here."

• Pedroia on whether the accusation that Jon Lester cheated had validity: "I don't know what that word is, man. Arizona State education, bro." He later said that he saw nothing unusual in the action on Lester's pitches.

• Pedroia also discussed the torn ligament in his left thumb he has been playing with since Opening Day: "It was a little difficult. Actually in the end, I'm going to look back and it helped me because I kind of take huge swings in the past trying to hit home runs, and sometimes I get a longer swing than what I normally have, when I just use my hands and stuff like that.

"So that kind of helped me being short to the ball, making sure I go the other way, not try and pull everything. But it's one of those things, I did it to myself, I slid headfirst into first. I don't think I'll ever do that again."

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