Farrell, Doubront happy with first start on mound

Farrell, Doubront happy with first start on mound
March 4, 2013, 8:00 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Left-hander Felix Doubront, who had been delayed this spring by shoulder soreness and conditioning issues, made his first Grapefruit League start Monday against the Rays.
 
Doubront had been scheduled to go two innings, throwing about 35 pitches. Instead he threw 43 pitches (23 strikes) in 1 2/3 innings. Doubront did not give up a run, allowing one hit and two walks with two strikeouts.
 
Manager John Farrell was satisfied with what he saw from Doubront.

“The overall tempo to the game, the shape to his pitches, which I thought were defined,” Farrell said. “When you look at his fastball, breaking ball, as well as a couple of changeups that he threw. Ideally you’d like to see him get through a couple of innings in his first outing. But the fact is he got up and down twice, no physical issues. First start for him.”
 
Doubront said his shoulder felt fine in the outing.
 
“It’s good to be back on the mound again,” he said. Working hard to see the results for my arm. Very good.”
 
But he was concerned during his outing how his shoulder would respond during the outing.
 
“I was a little bit today,” he said. “Like every pitch I was focused more. I was little bit scared to feel something, but everything went well.”

That concern, he said, was alleviated because he was able to get through the outing without a problem. From this point on he will be able to focus on his pitching.

“I think today was a big challenge for me to see how it feels, my shoulder," he said. “But tomorrow it’s going to be my five-day routine again. So I think it’s going to be more focusing on my bullpen.”

He’s also satisfied that his conditioning is now where it should be, giving him time to be ready for Opening Day.
 
“I feel real good, healthy and that’s all that matters now,” he said.
 
“Yeah, 100 percent. Today was one of the parts I was a little bit scared of. But I think everything’s going to be fine now.”