Doubront works on mechanics; Lavarnway gets start

Doubront works on mechanics; Lavarnway gets start
May 14, 2013, 8:00 pm
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Felix Doubront, who starts Thursday after being skipped for bullpen duty in his last scheduled start, continues to work with pitching coach Juan Nieves to improve his velocity and get the lefty back on track.
     
Tuesday, Nieves and Doubront worked on correcting "some direction issues" with his delivery.
     
"We felt there are times, when he starts to drive toward home plate, he can be a little off-line," said John Farrell, "and that could have affected the overall location of some of his stuff."
     
Farrell said the issues were in Doubront's "lower-half; it's stride direction."
     
Doubront has had particular issues with putting hitters away and the faulty mechanics could be a reason.
     
"If you try to go get more action or velocity," explained Farrell, "and you start to try to stride across yourself a little bit more, it's going to leave some pitches up on your arm-side. So if you're trying to go down and away to a lefthander, that ball has a chance to stay around the plate a little bit more."

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Ryan Lavarnway got the start behind the plate, his first since being called up over the weekend to take the spot on the roster vacated by David Ross. Ross was placed on the seven-day concussion DL after taking two hard foul tips off his mask Saturday.
     
Ross is back in Boston and will be re-examined either Wednesday or Thursday before rejoining the Sox in Minnesota.
     
"There's no template on these (concussions) as far as when the symptoms start to progress," said Farrell.
     
Lavarnway was in the lineup against lefty starter Matt Moore, but Farrell hinted that Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be in the lineup Wednesday night against David Price.
     
"Moore is more of a high fastball pitcher," said Farrell, "and Ryan is more equipped to handle that type of guy. And yet Salty is a guy who has handled some lefthanded pitchers when they're down in the zone (as Price usually is)."