Pedro on Buchholz: 'He's a warrior'


BOSTON -- Pedro Martinez knows a little bit about pitching.

The future Hall of Famer loves to talk about the art he mastered during his major league career, and he especially enjoys talking about and working with the Red Sox pitchers. He’s in town with other members of the 2004 World Series championship team, including Derek Lowe and Trot Nixon.

Martinez was asked about current Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz, who has been battling fatigue in his shoulder and there’s speculation that the right-hander may not be able to make his Game 4 scheduled start on Sunday in St. Louis. He’s already been pushed back once. He made about 12 throws on flat ground Thursday afternoon under the watchful eye of pitching coach Juan Nieves.

Martinez believes Buchholz will pitch through whatever is bothering him because that’s what he should do.

“It’s not difficult at all,” Martinez said. “This is what you fight for. This is why you get sore because you want to be here. One more day, one more outing, one more win is all that matters.

“That kid is a warrior. That kid is not going to quit. You’re going to have to take the ball out of his hands, unless it’s jeopardizing his career, but I don’t think he’s going to get to that point. He’s a warrior and he’s going to be out there. This team has a really good character and that’s the reason they’re here.”