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Clay Buchholz ready to return for Red Sox

Clay Buchholz, shown in a Feb. 20 workout, is ready to begin game action.

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Clay Buchholz, shown in a Feb. 20 workout, is ready to begin game action.

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz, set back by an annoying hamstring injury, pitched his second simulated game Tuesday and is now ready for action in a real game Saturday vs. the Twins.

Buchholz threw 40 pitches, 20 in each inning to lefthanded hitter Mike Carp and the righthanded Mike Napoli. Both hitters got four reps.

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Manager John Farrell, pitching coach Juan Nieves, and Tim Wakefield were among those to watch the outing.

“It was good. Felt more comfortable,” Buchholz said. “I’ve felt comfortable since I started throwing out of the wind-up. I started to find a balance point there at the end to get a good feel for it. Last 10 pitches I stayed on line without jumping toward home plate,” Buchholz said

Buchholz didn’t think the injury, suffered earlier this month, was a big deal.

“The good thing is we have two weeks extra here this year and it wasn’t something that set me back two weeks. I missed my first time in rotation, but I can deal with that. It was unfortunate but I didn’t miss much. I feel good running. Zero percent I feel anything while throwing,” Buchholz said.

Does he have anticipation for Saturday?

“I’m getting nervous for others getting out there like (John Lackey) and (Ryan Dempster). I’m ready. It feels like I’m ready to get out there,” Buchholz said.

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