Sox to skip Doubront's next scheduled start

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Sox to skip Doubront's next scheduled start

CLEVELAND Felix Doubront appeared to be battling fatigue in Thursday nights loss to the Indians when he couldnt get out of the fifth inning, and the Sox are addressing that by skipping his next start.

The Sox lefty was penciled in to pitch Tuesday night against the Baltimore Orioles, but instead veteran righty Aaron Cook will get the outing at Camden Yards. Doubront is 0-2 with a 6.97 ERA in his last four games, and struggled mightily with fastball command while failing to get out of the fifth inning against the Tribe armed with a 3-1 lead.

The plan is to have things be adjustable right now, and the plan is that were going to have Felix miss his next start, said Sox manager Bobby Valentine. Aaron will pitch in his stead. So six starters then becomes five, and it might go back to up to six or stay at five depending the things we see.

Right now, a little blow for Felix is exactly what the doctor ordered. I want him to miss one start, take a deep breath and maybe do a little leg work.

Doubront said following Thursdays loss that fatigue wasnt an issue, but its pretty clear the Sox want to be careful as hes approaching his professional career-high in innings pitched. (129 13 back in 2008). The Sox southpaw leads the team in wins (10) and quality starts (11), but has also pitched more than 30 innings pitched than he did last season while sitting at 122 23 innings in the middle of August.

Valentine indicated that Doubront could be used out of the bullpen if its necessary over the next 10 days, but the hope is that he can work on strengthening his legs. At the same time they want him to scale back on his throwing program and perhaps regain a little of the command and oomph on his mid-90s fastball.

He wont pitch in the bullpen for a while during this spell, but between now and the next time he gets slotted in to the rotation he might pitch out of the pen, said Valentine. It will be out of necessity, but hopefully we dont need to necessitate that.

Valentine said its not necessary a young pitcher thing thats causing the Doubront break, but its always beneficial for a baseball team to proceed with caution when a young hurler is approaching any kind of innings hurdles. That is doubly so when the pitcher is also showing signs of arm fatigue.

So the Sox will switch in the veteran for the rookie in the next turn of the rotation as they prepare for an important pair of divisional series against the Orioles and Yankees over the next 10 days.

Pomeranz 'pretty comfortable' with potential move to bullpen

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Pomeranz 'pretty comfortable' with potential move to bullpen

NEW YORK -- If Drew Pomeranz is going to be part of the Red Sox' postseason plans, the team will likely have a better idea about that question by Thursday afternoon.

Pomeranz, who was scratched from his final scheduled start on Thursday because of soreness in his left forearm and general concern about his 2016 workload, will throw a 30-35 pitch bullpen.

If he responds well, he could then see some relief action over the final weekend at Fenway to determine his readiness for the playoffs.

"Before we even begin to map out a potential relief appearance over the weekend,'' said John Farrell, "we've got to get through that next step.''

Pomeranz pitched well in his last start at Tropicana Field over the weekend, but has been dealing with some discomfort in his forearm.

"I've had some soreness here, late in the year,'' Pomeranz said. "I've thrown more innings than I have ever (before), so we kind of sat down and talked about the best course of action the rest of the way.''

Pomeranz described what he felt as "just some soreness, probably from never covering this time of the year. It's a spot I've never been in before. We just decided the best thing to do was not making this last start and talk about maybe sliding into the bullpen.''

The lefty is no stranger to the bullpen, having pitched there as recently as last season while with Oakland.

"I've had the benefit of doing pretty much everything (in terms of roles),'' he said. "I'm pretty comfortable in any situation. If they see me helping there, obviously, that's where I want to be. But I don't know if it's a sure thing. We'll have to see how it goes.''

Meanwhile, another sidelined starter, Steven Wright, is expected to rejoin the team in Boston Friday. Wright threw a bullpen off the mound earlier this week in Fort Myers as he attempts to come back from inflammation in his shoulder.

 

Wednesday's Red Sox-Yankees lineups: Second try at clinching A.L. East

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Wednesday's Red Sox-Yankees lineups: Second try at clinching A.L. East

The Red Sox try again to nail down the A.L. East crown tonight, sending Clay Buchholz to the mound against the Yankees while needed just one victory -- or one Toronto defeat -- to clinch the division.

Tonight's lineups:

RED SOX:
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Brock Holt 3B
Andrew Benintendi LF
Sandy Leon C
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Clay Buchholz P

YANKEES:
Brett Gardner LF
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Gary Sanchez C
Brian McCann DH
Starlin Castro 2B
Didi Gregorious SS
Mark Texeira 1B
Chase Headley 3B
Mason Williams RF
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Bryan Mitchell P