“Everything that he’s going through right now is indicating that he will start on Sunday,” Farrell said prior to Game 2 of the World Series at Fenway Park. “There’s been nothing that has happened since we spoke yesterday here or with Clay that would indicate otherwise. So we fully expect him to go.”
Buchholz’s status has been up in the air since before the series began, when Farrell was hesitant to slot him into any particular start. Buchholz confirmed Wednesday that he has been feeling “fatigue” in his throwing shoulder. He missed three months with neck and shoulder issues during the regular season and has hit a wall around the 80-pitch mark in his last two postseason outings.
“It’s just a little dead at certain points,” Buchholz said after Wednesday’s 8-1 Red Sox victory in Game 1. “It’s not like a pinpoint straight spot where I can say, ‘Yeah, there it is.’ It’s just general.”
Farrell has stressed that monitoring Buchholz’s fatigue throughout his start is of the utmost importance. The righty’s velocity has diminished as his recent outings have progressed, and the results have suffered.
Buchholz was seen throwing very lightly on flat ground Thursday afternoon at Fenway. He also had a light session under the watchful eye of a trainer on Wednesday.