Pregame notes: Middlebrooks to begin rehab stint Friday

Pregame notes: Middlebrooks to begin rehab stint Friday
June 11, 2014, 6:45 pm
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BALTIMORE -- Will Middlebrooks (broken finger) will begin a rehab stint Friday in Pawtucket and outfielder Shane Victorino (hamstring) could join him then, or a day or two after.

"The last couple of days have been encouraging [for Victorino],'' said John Farrell. "Things have ramped up quite a bit.'' Middlebrooks took batting practice Tuesday and will DH Friday for Pawtucket.

"He's swung the bat very well,'' reported Farrell. "We're still looking to get full range of motion and I'm sure there will an exam of that finger once he begins a throwing program in earnest. He's coming along OK.''

-- Felix Doubront made his first rehab start Tuesday and is set to make another Sunday.

Farrell said the Sox are looking to monitor "his overall command and the ability to make adjustments from pitch-to-pitch,'' during his minor league starts.

''I think Felix has shown us that if he's pitching in the 90 mph range,'' said Farrell. "But it's been about location in the strike zone that's allowed that. That's what being addressed and focused on here as well -- trying to get the arm strength and show the life in the arm that he showed prior to going down.''

-- After a two-day absence from the lineup, Jackie Bradley Jr. returned to the lineup Wednesday night.

Farrell says the Sox have been working with Bradley on being "a little bit shorter to the ball and more than anything, control his effort level that can led to some inconsistent hitting mechanics.''

Bradley fanned eight time in the three-game series in Detroit.