BOSTON — Red Sox manager John Farrell reiterated Wednesday that Clay Buchholz will be in the starting rotation when the World Series goes to St. Louis this weekend for Games 3-5.
Farrell said as much Tuesday too, when he named John Lackey the starter for Game 2, but then reports circulated that the Red Sox actually had concerns about Buchholz. Farrell balked at that during his Game 1 pre-game press conference Wednesday.
"Right now, he's scheduled to pitch on the weekend over in St. Louis. We have yet to determine whether [Jake] Peavy is in Game 4 or Game 3," Farrell said. "Some of that will be determined on how we see the style of John Lackey go up against this team [Thursday] night."
Right now. Take note of those words.
The Buchholz injury talk was floating around earlier Wednesday with unnamed sources casting doubt. Like this, from CBS Sports' Jon Heyman's Buchholz report:
"There are real concerns about Buchholz's ability to pitch Saturday, according to people familiar with the situation."
On Tuesday, Farrell told the media: "Everything is OK. We fully expect he and Jake to be pitching on the weekend in St. Louis."
If something changes and Buchholz doesn't start, the Red Sox are expected to use Felix Doubront in his place.
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