Monday February 22, 2010 | 04:41 PM

Tim Wakefield has arrived at spring training, saying he is healthy and declaring himself a starter.

So where does that leave Clay Buchholz?

Answer: In the bullpen.

When I speculated in the Sunday column that Buchholz may be bullpen-bound, I expected the usual assortment of phone calls and emails questioning my, er, intelligence. But the only call I received was someone with a correct answer to the first trivia question in my column; impressive.

Either readers agree that Buchholz may become a reliever or they missed the column (it is still online under Sunday's headlines: "Points to Ponder ...").

Buchholz appeared on NESN the other day and said he would be fine with a move to the pen. I don't necessarily believe him, but what is Buchholz going to say? If Wakefield is healthy, along with Beckett, Lester, Lackey and Matsuzaka, Buchholz has no place else to go.

Sorry for the lack of recent blogs, but it took me a while to get up to speed with the new website. I'm back.



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