Red Sox notes: Rain bumps Doubront

Red Sox notes: Rain bumps Doubront
April 12, 2013, 6:30 pm
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BOSTON – The Red Sox game against the Rays that was postponed Friday because of inclement weather has been rescheduled for June 18 as the first game of a day-night doubleheader. Tickets for April 12 can be used for the 1:05 p.m. game on June 18.

* Left-hander Felix Doubront was scheduled to pitch Friday. Instead, he will be pushed back until early next week, likely Tuesday, in the first game of the three-game series in Cleveland. Doubront, who has not pitched since April 5, was expected to pitch in a simulated game either Friday afternoon or on Saturday, with three innings and about 45-55 pitches.

“Tomorrow would be his eighth day,” said manager John Farrell. “We'll get some kind of sim work either today, if we can find a spot, or at some point early tomorrow morning or following the game tomorrow.

"I was looking forward to Felix pitching tonight. His last outing in Toronto, he made some quality pitches in that game, and a guy that's going to be important for us. Right now because of the extended time between starts, it's a little disruption to his routine or his schedule. The disappointing thing is not seeing Felix on the mound tonight."

* The rest of the rotation is scheduled to stay the same with Jon Lester starting Saturday, followed by Clay Buchholz and Ryan Dempster to finish out the Rays series, with Doubront and Alfredo Aceves starting the first two games in Cleveland.

* The probable pitching match-ups for the remaining three games against the Rays are now: Sat.,1:05 p.m., Lester v. LHP David Price; Sun., 1:35 p.m., Buchholz v RHP Alex Cobb; Mon., 11:05 a.m., Dempster v. RHP Jeremy Hellickson.

* The decision was made relatively early to postpone Friday’s game, with the announcement being made before 3 p.m. Which helps to plan the team’s workload.

"One thing you want to stay away from is the start and stop within a game,” Farrell said. “That's where your bullpen can get overworked or get a little bit thin because you don't want to push a guy into a situation where he's got a 45-minute or an hour delay, and if it's after three or four innings, then you're looking at five innings out of that bullpen. We've had an abbreviated start because of the rain [Wednesday] night and then a five-inning start last night. That starts to add up.

"We had a stretch of games where that timing and that routine became pretty consistent. I can't say that one day would completely disrupt a lot of what's going on. But with the morning game coming up on Monday and the inability to take BP on the field on Sunday because of another situation going on in the morning [fan photo day], tomorrow just getting out with a regular routine pregame will be important for us. We've got to adjust. These things are common to playing in Boston because of the weather early in the season."

* David Ortiz began his rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Pawtucket, which also cancelled its Friday night game, with a seven-inning doubleheader scheduled for 12:05 p.m. Saturday. The Sox would like him to get a total of about four or five at-bats on Saturday.

“Whether or not he maintains that looseness, which we fully expect between games, that'll be an in-game or game-time decision as far as he being in the lineup in game two,” Farrell said. “But most importantly, there's no risk being taken with a questionable surface tonight."

Farrell had not seen Ortiz, who was expected in the clubhouse Friday afternoon, since the team left Fort Myers on March 30.

“We'll get a chance to sit down and talk with him directly,” Farrell said. “We got the same report after the game, but we're looking forward to sitting down and talking with him directly just to get a feel for where he's at. We exchanged some text messages along the way, but looking forward to seeing him in person."