Buchholz feeling better, playing catch

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A day after suffering a right hamstring strain, Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz was able to play catch Wednesday and said his leg feels much better.

If his hamstring continues to respond to treatment, Buchholz said there’s a possibility he could throw off the base of the mound on Thursday.

“It was a good day for Clay Buchholz,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “He’s responded favorably to treatment. His range of motion is good. His strength is good. He still has some sensation in a smaller spot, more localized than [Tuesday]. He actually went out and threw after the workout, not off the mound, but he was able to put a ball back in his hand. It was an encouraging day for him.”

Buchholz suffered the mild strain while fielding a ground ball and running toward first base during drills on Tuesday.

Because he suffered the injury on the first official day of workouts for pitchers and catchers, there’s this notion that he’s not in shape. That’s simply not the case. He spent the majority of the offseason working out in Arizona and arrived at camp in perfect shape. The hamstring strain was a freak thing, he says.