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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Farrell quick hits: Buchholz OK

By Rick Weber

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A few quick hits from manager John Farrell’s post-workout media session Wednesday:

David Ross, Clay Buchholz
Clay Buchholz (right) chats with catcher David Ross during Wednesday's workout.
* Clay Buchholz, who strained his hamstring Feb. 12, threw 30 pitches in live batting practice, which Farrell said was consistent for starters for their first round of live BP.

“He came out of today feeling good about himself,” Farrell said. “He used all of his pitches and it was an impressive work day. The intensity level was good.”

Farrell said Buchholz likely will throw a bullpen session before he gets into a game situation.

* Felix Doubront, who has had minor soreness in his left shoulder and whose offseason conditioning has been questioned, had his first bullpen session, throwing 25 pitches. Farrell didn’t see it because he was watching live BP, but said that Doubront “came out of it fine. No issue health-wise. It’s the first progressive step.” Doubront will have another bullpen session Friday.

* Asked if the acquisition of Mike Carp on Wednesday signaled the end of the moves, Farrell said: “I don’t think you ever stop looking for players. But there’s nothing imminent.”

* The Boston College Eagles are not going to like the lineup card when they see it before Thursday’s 4 p.m. game at JetBlue Park. All of the regulars are scheduled to play in the 1:35 game against Northeastern. The Eagles will be rubbing shoulders with Daniel Butler instead of Dustin Pedroia. “We want to keep the schedule as consistent as possible early in camp,” Farrell said.

Explaining his affinity for the games against college teams, he said: “Whether they’re college games, whether it’s an intrasquad game, I think there’s a lot of value. You take a pitcher from throwing batting practice in front of a screen to the batting cage, and strip all that way and it’s the next progressive step. So these are beneficial. No aluminum bats, so that’s good.”