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Clay Buchholz got a surprise when he stepped on the scale Monday

02.21.12 at 10:38 am ET

FORT MYERS, Fla. ‘€“ Every spring training, Clay Buchholz‘€™ weight seems to be a storyline.

There was great excitement the previous two reporting dates when the 27-year-old came into camp weighing close to 200 pounds.

Then came Monday’€™s physical, a new reality was thrown Buchholz’€™ way: The scale had him at 184 pounds.

While in past years the thinned-down 6-foot-3 might be cause for concern — suggesting that the righty would have a hard time turning in an ample amount of injuries with such a build ‘€“ the listed weight might actually be an encouraging sign.

Back injuries and extra weight don’€™t usually go well together, suggesting this is trending in the proper direction

‘€œThe weight came off so easy that it felt like it almost needed to come off,’€ Buchholz said Tuesday morning. ‘€œI feel better now just being able to move around. I feel lighter on my feet than I did last year, all year. It came off quick in a month. That’€™s sort of why I don’€™t mind it.’€

Does it mean that this is where the weight should have been all along?

‘€œI hope so, because that’€™s what it feels like,’€ Buchholz said. ‘€œIt feels good.

‘€œI knew I was lighter. I didn’€™t know I was 10 pounds lighter than at the beginning of the offseason. I was talking to Pedroia this offseason and he said, ‘€˜They want me to weigh 185, but I feel good playing at 165 or 170. It doesn’€™t matter how much you weigh as long as you can do your job and help the team win.’€™’€

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