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Clay Buchholz hurts hamstring

Clay Buchholz did some long tossing on Tuesday, the same day he hurt his hamstring on a fielding drill.

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Clay Buchholz did some long tossing on Tuesday, the same day he hurt his hamstring on a fielding drill.

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz left the field after straining his right hamstring while covering first base during a spring training drill Tuesday.

“It’s the best thing that it happened now and not when we’re getting ready to pitch in games,” Buchholz said. “As far as they told, it’s mild as it can be. For how I’m looking at it, get here early and do the treatment on it and hopefully I’m back in the next four or five days.”

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John Farrell said Buchholz would be further evaluated on Wednesday and is day-to-day. He also described the strain as being mild.

“That’s the way it is sometimes,” Buchholz said. “It’s not the way I wanted it to start.”

Buchholz wasn’t scheduled to pitch in an exhibition game for several weeks. He doesn’t expect he will have to miss that start.

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“Nah. I don’t think it’s that. I’m able to walk around. I wasn’t able to walk the last time [he strained a hamstring] in 2010,” he said. “I feel like it’s not going to take a whole lot of time.

Tuesday was the first official workout for Red Sox pitchers and catchers at spring training.

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