Doubront continues to make progress

Doubront continues to make progress
February 27, 2013, 4:45 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Felix Doubront threw a two-inning, 37-pitch live batting practice session on Wednesday morning. The left-hander has been delayed this spring by shoulder soreness and conditioning issues. During the outing, he threw all his pitches other than his cutter.
 
Doubront is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut Monday when the Red Sox host the Rays.
 
Pitching coach Juan Nieves was pleased with Doubront’s outing.
 
“It’s music to my ears, and candy to my eyes,” Nieves said. “A great job, great rhythm and tempo, able to throw all his pitches, other than the cutter. He felt great, pounded down in the zone very well. [He threw] mostly fastball, curveball, threw some changeups. We’re accentuating fastball. To us it’s very important right now, to create that arm strength and backspin on the breaking ball, two-seam, four-seam. He was able to go higher, able to throw the ball down, very good from the windup, which is his biggest challenge, because of his rhythm and tempo from the windup. But it’s awesome that he’s feeling great from the stretch, which we all know is very important because [that’s when] runners are on. During the course of the game, your career, and innings pitched, you got to make your best pitches from the stretch, obviously. He walked out of there with his chest high and feeling good. So I’m looking forward to seeing him”
 
Although Doubront has been delayed this spring, with the extra week of games (because of the World Baseball Classic), he will still get a sufficient amount of work in games, Nieves believes.
 
“It’s funny, because of the long spring training he almost fits perfectly to six starts, almost the norm,” Nieves said. “But we’re going to be very cautious with him, of course.  We’re going to take every way to keep him healthy and keep him out there and making his pitches for [his first start of the season]. That’s going to be the biggest challenge. But it almost fits that same category of everybody else getting six, seven starts.”
 
As of now, the Sox rotation is Lester, Buchholz, Dempster, Doubront, Lackey.