Buchholz regaining arm strength

Buchholz regaining arm strength

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- By Game 4 of the World Series, Clay Buchholz's right shoulder was fatigued to the point where his fastball was mainly in the high 80s.

But when Spring Training opens up, the Red Sox envision the righty being back at full strength and hopefully ready to pick up where he left off early in 2013, when he pitched like a Cy Young Award candidate.

"Based on the most recent report, we're very comfortable," said manager John Farrell. "He has no residual feeling of any kind of physical discomfort. He's initiated his normal offseason strengthening program. So all of that has calmed down from last year."

Lefty Felix Doubront, meanwhile, will be on a more structured program this winter with the hope he won't break down for a third straight season.

"We wanted to adjust the fact that his annual trip down to Venezuela would be earlier than in years past," said Farrell. "Just to make sure that everything's pointing in the right direction once we get through the early part of January."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.