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Four Red Sox players headed to Fort Myers; Felix Doubront confirms roster spot

10.03.13 at 2:59 pm ET
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According to a source, the Red Sox have sent four players — pitchers Drake Britton and Rubby De La Rosa, infielder Brandon Snyder and outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. — to their training facility in Fort Myers. Fla. The goal is to keep the players active during the American League Division Series in case any of them might be needed during the Sox’ postseason run.

Infielder John McDonald will remain with the team despite not being on the 25-man roster.

Felix Doubront also confirmed to WEEI.com that he will be on the postseason roster, pitching out of the bullpen.

“I feel good since the moment they told me I was going to the bullpen,” Doubront said. “It’s difficult, but I have to flip the switch. My role now is in bullpen and I have to do everything to get better and stay confident on the mound. Put in my mind all the situations I can be on the game. Facing lefties. One or two innings. Those kind of things remind me the past (2010) when I was a reliever, the way I used to feel. Just getting back there, thinking a lot about what I did the past to improve for this playoffs.”

He added, “I know the possibility was that I was going to the bullpen, but you never know if you could start. I was thinking too much. I was mad, too. There was a lot of thinking.”

Asked when Doubront started turning the corner in his way of thinking, he said, “When they told me. After the last game in the bullpen I was feeling that was going to be my role. I wasn’t mad, I was just frustrated. But after that I have felt fine. The past two days, knowing relieving is my role, I want to help the team.”

Red Sox pitching coach Juan Nieves said Wednesday that Doubront could be a legitimate weapon out of the bullpen in the postseason, a notion the pitcher agreed with.

“I feel that, too,” said Doubront, who made one, two-inning appearance out of the bullpen in the Red Sox’ final series of the season before also pitching an inning in the Sox’ simulated game, Wednesday. “I have to give everything I can to help the team and get outs. That’s the most important thing, to do my job. We want to win games.”

Doubront said that the adjustment to relieving has gone well, needing just 15 pitches to warm-up prior to the simulated game.

“I feel good,” he said. “[In Baltimore] I set my mind for one inning and I came to the second inning and was lost. That’s the past. That’s behind me. I have to refocus now being in the bullpen now.”

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