Red Sox notes: No plans to skip Felix Doubront, Andrew Bailey remains out, Craig Breslow’s return TBD
|05.04.13 at 8:48 pm ET|
One night after Felix Doubront was hit hard by the Rangers in a 7-0 loss while failing to crack 91 mph, Red Sox manager John Farrell said that the left-hander is still in line to make his left start. Because Doubront is currently slated to make his next start on four days of rest, Farrell suggested that — while an effort to build arm strength through long toss might be made at some point — alterations to his routine or delivery prior to his next outing might not occur.
“I can’t say there’s an approach that’s going to revamp his delivery by any means. That’s not the case,” Farrell told reporters in Texas. “In four more days he’s going to be right back out there so you can’t stray too far from the routine. And that’s where we’re at.”
Asked whether there was any discussion about skipping Doubront’s next start, Farrell suggested such a strategy was not currently under consideration.
“You’re talking about a complete adjustment to the roster with no off-days,” Farrell told reporters about whether Doubront could be skipped — something that would necessitate calling up a starter (almost certainly Allen Webster, who like Doubront, started on Saturday) from Triple-A. That hasn’t been contemplated right now in this next turn.”
OTHER RED SOX NOTES
— Farrell said that Andrew Bailey, sidelined by soreness in his right biceps, was available on Friday night had an emergency arisen, and the Red Sox closer is expected to be available on Saturday night (pending a pregame throwing session) against the Rangers should a situation call for his usage.
UPDATE: After a pregame throwing session, it was determined that Bailey was not available for Saturday night’s game.
— After Craig Breslow tossed a scoreless inning with Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday, Farrell said that it remained to be determined whether the left-hander will be activated at the start of the forthcoming Red Sox homestand on Monday or if he’ll make another minor league rehab appearance.
“The most important thing is, with each outing, he’s gotten more crisp with all his pitches and moving in the right direction,” Farrell told reporters.
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