'Dead armed' Doubront routed by Yankees in 8-1 loss

'Dead armed' Doubront routed by Yankees in 8-1 loss
March 18, 2014, 4:30 pm
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TAMPA, Fla. -- Felix Doubrount's mechanics were a mess Tuesday, with predictable results.

Doubront was shelled for 10 hits and 7 runs in 3 1/3 innings of work in an 8-1 loss to the New York Yankees.

"Bad feeling," said Doubront. "I didn't feel my grip, my changeup was bad, left pitches over the plate. It was one of those days. My arm feels good, but the release point was the tough part to find today. There's nothing that I could do. I'll just throw my bullpens and pitch again in five days."

"He probably didn't have as much finish to his pitches as we've seen in his first couple of outings," said John Farrell. "Quite possibly, we're into that part of camp where he's battling a dead arm, which is completely normal and expected. But we got him up to 80 pitches, which is in line with the progression we're trying to get him through."

Until Tuesday, Doubront had been sharp in two previous outings, allowing just three hits and no runs over six innings.

Doubront worked in refashioning his delivery over the winter, but found himself back in some bad habits Tuesday.

"I knew I was too fast, then too slow,'' he said. "I'd throw a couple of pitches good and then I went back to the wrong mechanics. I just have to repeat my delivery more."

"We didn't see that same consistent tempo,'' said Farrell. "It was a challenge for him to get into the flow of the game today."