Buchholz looking to stay sharp

Buchholz looking to stay sharp

BOSTON -- There will be a nine-day gap between Clay Buchholz's last start of Spring Training and his first start of the regular season, which will take place on Sunday afternoon in Kansas City. But the righty is doing what he can to stay sharp.

He came in on Monday's off-day and threw a side session. Buchholz threw 10 or 15 pitches at low intensity on Tuesday, with Jason Varitek receiving him while standing up in front of the plate. And on Wednesday, Buchholz will throw a three-inning simulated game at Fenway.

"We decided rather than sitting him out in the bullpen [during games], at 3 [p.m. ET on Wednesday], he's going to throw a simulated game, and that will be his preparation for his start," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said.

Buchholz is fully on board with what the Red Sox have lined up for him, especially compared to last year, when he pitched the entire first half for Triple-A Pawtucket.

"They told me with a week to go in Spring Training, what I was doing and I didn't care about the wait in between," Buchholz said. "I get a start in the five-day rotation. I was happy that they were giving me the ball. I took it for what it was worth. I had a little bit of time off, and I'll try to think of the good things that are going into it instead of the long wait."

One good thing is that Buchholz said he felt some fatigue toward the end of camp.

"I think it's better than anything just to take some rest to get the Spring Training fatigue I was feeling the last week or so and take a couple of days off," Buchholz said. "Just let my body rest, and then I went back at it. I don't think it's going to be a huge, awkward feeling tomorrow, but my body feels refreshed, so I think that was the key."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.