Buchholz has back concerns

June, 4, 2011
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BOSTON--Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz expressed sufficient concern about his back after Friday's start that the Red Sox are thinking about giving him a couple of days' extra rest, manager Terry Francona said, which would knock him out of his scheduled start Wednesday in New York.

Francona said that Buchholz, whose previous start had been cut short after five innings because of back stiffness, told the club he didn't feel pain Friday, but it "was on his mind' whether it was going to hurt.

"We're going to sit down with him and talk about the best way to go forward,'' Francona said.

Tim Wakefield will throw a bullpen Saturday in case he is needed to start against the Yankees on Wednesday.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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