Boston 2B Pedroia, RH Buchholz, LH Miller on mend

Red Sox manager John Farrell expects Dustin Pedroia, Clay

Buchholz and Andrew Miller to be ready for the start of spring

training.

Pedroia had surgery on his left thumb in November and Farrell

said his feisty second baseman had the pin taken out last week.

Farrell said Monday at baseball’s winter meetings that even if

Pedroia isn’t set to play in early exhibition games, he’ll get

”ample at-bats.”

Buchholz pitched through neck and shoulder problems during much

of the season, including his Game 4 start against the Cardinals in

the World Series. Farrell said the righty has started his offseason

strengthening program and has not felt any discomfort.

Farrell is excited for Miller to return to the bullpen. The

left-hander missed the second half of the season because of an

injured left foot after establishing himself as a key late-inning

pitcher.