Doubront will be skipped in Sox rotation

Doubront will be skipped in Sox rotation
September 8, 2013, 7:30 pm
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Felix Doubront has failed to get past the fourth inning in four of his past six starts.

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NEW YORK -- As the Red Sox prepare to welcome Clay Buchholz back from the a three-month stint on the disabled list, they have one too many starters.

For the time being, the team announced, Felix Doubront is the odd-man out.
      
"We're going to skip him this time through the rotation,'' said Farrell, "just to give him some recovery time, a little added rest, as we've done with a couple of other guys in the rotation.''
      
Farrell said that, for the next few days at least, Doubront won't be used out of the bullpen.
      
"This time through, we'll stay away from him for now,'' said Farrell, "just to give him the rest needed.''
      
Doubront has failed to get past the fourth inning in four of his last six starts and walked six on Friday night.
      
Still, Doubront's exile from the rotation may be short-lived if he can make some corrections. Doubront indicated that Farrell and pitching coach Juan Nieves indicated to him that he may only be skipped one start before rejoining the rotation.
      
Should that happen, the Sox could then transition Ryan Dempster to the bullpen, where he has far more experience and could help the team
in a set-up capacity.
      
"We felt like [it's important to have] the guys that are keeping the game under control.'' said Farrell, "and Felix, we feel like he needs some
added days right now.''
      
Doubront indicated that he understands the move and likened it to the one-start bump he got in mid-May. After making some adjustments then, Doubront then reeled off 16 starts in a row in which he gave up three earned runs or fewer.
      
"It's going to help,'' said Doubront. "I've got no problem with that -- skip one start, do more work, rest, that's it. This time, it's good. I feel
like I need it.''
      
Doubront said he valued the rest above everything else. He's pitched 154 innings, nearly matching his output from last season (161) with three weeks still to go in the regular season.
      
"Rest and watch video and see what I was doing mechanically,'' he said. "I was feeling that my mechanics were a little out of control, so, this rest is going to help rest my body, my arms. I'll start doing some drills [on the side]. I feel my arm is catching on my front side. I'm just going to take it easy and be prepared for my next start.''