Doubront leaves with shoulder numbness, could hit DL

Doubront leaves with shoulder numbness, could hit DL
May 21, 2014, 12:45 am
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BOSTON - The night went from bad to worse for Felix Doubront.
     
First, he was shelled by the Toronto Blue Jays, who teed up balls left and right off him, all for extra-base hits -- four doubles and two homers.
     
Then, as the game wore on, Doubront began to feel some numbness in his left shoulder. He told this to pitching coach Juan Nieves, who came out for a mound visit and ended up waving out the training staff.
     
Doubront left in the fifth inning without retiring a batter, and was tagged with the loss in the Red Sox' 7-4 loss to Toronto, the team's fifth straight.
     
Now, there's no telling when Doubront will pitch again. He said after the game the feeling had returned to his shoulder, but the Sox will have him undergo an MRI Wednesday.
     
He's almost certainly headed to the DL.
     
"When he made a mistake in the middle of the plate," said John Farrell, "they squared it up pretty good. And when he came out in the fifth inning, it was clear that the overall power to the stuff started to diminish. He feels some restriction in the shoulder, where he's not able to generate normal arm speed. That's why we had to get him out there in the fifth inning.
     
"We'll re-evaluate in the morning. He'll likely go through an MRI just to determine what's going on."
     
Doubront's fastball is usually around 92 mph, but by the fifth inning, he was topping out at 87 mph.
     
"We'll wait until tomorrow and see," said Doubront. "Right now, I feel fine. During the game, I couldn't feel my shoulder. Weird. It felt weird. That's the first time. I tried to explain to Juan what the situation was. I had nothing."
     
Doubront said the weakness in the shoulder began in the "second inning" and got worse "the more I threw. When I walked (Dioner) Navarro, I noticed I wasn't feeling the grip or whatever in my hand. I started feeling that the more I threw. My arm speed wasn't there."
     
His turn comes up again Sunday. The Sox will likely put Doubront on the DL Wednesday, which will open a spot for Stephen Drew, who must spend 48 hours on the 25-man roster as he goes through option waivers.
     
Assuming he clears, he'll then begin an assignment Friday in the minors. The Sox could use Friday and Saturday to get an extra position player onto the roster before needing a starter for the series finale in Tampa Sunday.
     
Among the options to start: Allen Webster, Rubby De la Rosa and Brandon Workman.