Notes: Doubront (shoulder) placed on 15-day DL

Notes: Doubront (shoulder) placed on 15-day DL
May 21, 2014, 5:15 pm
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BOSTON — Felix Doubront was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with a shoulder injury, though the Red Sox didn't have an official diagnosis of the condition at the time of the transaction.
     
Doubront came out of Tuesday's start in the fifth inning after his velocity and stuff diminished over time. Doubront later revealed that he felt some numbness in the shoulder.
     
On Wednesday, he further revealed that he "bumped" the shoulder on a car door Monday, the day before his start.
     
"There's no one pinpointed area where there's a strength deficit," said John Farrell. "There's overall fatigue.  We saw that in the velocity (Tuesday) night, but there wasn't anything in the examination that pinpointed any one spot. So the impact of the contusion didn't allow the shoulde to fire normally and that's where he saw the diminished velocity.
     
"Any time we take a pitcher off the mound inside of a given game, we're going to take a cautious approach and we don't feel like in four days he's going to be back to 100 percent, so we put him in the disabled list."
     
Through the exam, the bumping "had a bearing on the way the shoulder was functioning" Tuesday night.
     
"If he felt (the incident) was that severe," said Farrell, "he would have said something about it. But in his mind, he didn't think it was going to hinder his ability to pitch."
     
The Sox will need a starter for Sunday in Tampa, when Doubront's spot next comes up.
     
"We haven't made that decision yet," said Farrell, "but a couple of guys who've been throwing the ball well have been (Allen) Webster and (Brandon) Workman.
     
Farrell ruled out using reliever Chris Capuano, noting that he hasn't been stretched out since spring training.
     
"I think we're a little too far past his last extended work," said Farrell of the lefty. "We feel comfortable with 50-55 pitches, but at this point, we have other options that are more stretched out."
     
NEW-LOOK LINEUP

The Sox' lineup had a very different look Wednesday night, featuring Grady Sizemore in the leadoff spot, Dustin Pedroia hitting second, Shane Victorino batting sixth, Mike Napoli out with flu-like symptoms and Mike Carp at first, with Jonny Gomes hitting leadoff.
     
"I had a chance to talk to (Victorino)," said Farrell, "and against righthanders, he's not been as strong, when compared to facing lefthanded starters. We talked about moving him down in the order a bit."
     
Farrell said Victorino has been guilty of chasing some breaking pitches away against righties, but wouldn't reveal whether the subject of Victorino returning to switch-hitting was broached.
     
"I would like him to be the most productive player he can be," said Farrell. "And if he feels comfortable from the right side exclusively, I can say that without having hit lefthanded since August of last year, there's going to be some repetition required, not only in BP but beyond. I wouldn't rule it out, but for now, he'll stay as he is."
     
The lineup used enabled Farrell to alternate between lefties and righties from the top, with Sizemore in center and Jackie Bradley Jr. on the bench.
     
Farrell hinted that they might try this lineup again against righties.
     
"Given our performance," said Farrell, "we may look to have another lefthander in the top part of the order."