Red Sox send ‘disappointed’ Felix Doubront to bullpen
|06.27.14 at 6:44 pm ET|
NEW YORK — While the fate of Rubby De La Rosa remains unresolved, the Red Sox made clear the responsibility going forward of one of the seven pitchers on their big league roster who has been working as a starter for them. Felix Doubront has been moved from the rotation to the bullpen, giving the Sox a left-handed relief option (in addition to Andrew Miller and Craig Breslow) in the aftermath of the decision to designate Chris Capuano for assignment.
Capuano’s removal from the roster, manager John Farrell said, has “put Felix in the bullpen going forward.”
Doubront, like most pitchers, has made clear on a number of occasions his preference to be a starting pitcher rather than a reliever. However, at 2-4 with a 4.99 ERA this year, he’s been less effective than other starting candidates, most notably Brandon Workman and De La Rosa.
“His initial reaction suggests … that he does view himself as a starter. As it was explained to him, that’s where our need currently is, in the bullpen, as well as putting guys in our rotation who are ahead of him,” said Farrell. “There’s a way to get back into the rotation. That’s to pitch your way back into it.”
Doubront acknowledged that a move to relief was not his preferred outcome, but suggested he would accept his responsibility.
“Just disappointed. Just that. Go get it today and do my job as a reliever,” Doubront said of his view of the shift. “I see myself as a starter. Right now, that’s the only spot for me. I want to take it. I’d rather be here than the minor leagues. That’s the spot, so I’m going to take it. I’m going to figure it out myself and do my job as a reliever. It’s something that’s happening right now.”
Asked if he preferred a trade from the Red Sox to a bullpen assignment, Doubront suggested he did not want to be dealt.
“Not right now. My focus right now is try to figure out myself and get outs, just do my job as a reliever right now,” he said. “I don’t want to think about another team or whatever. Right now I have to get my confidence back — not even my confidence, because I’ve got confidence. Just pitch. Pitch. Try to get outs, [beat] the opposition. There’s nothing I can do.”
Latest from Bleacher Report
- Updates on Red Sox Outfielder Chris Young Injury's
- Moncada Has a 'Following Everywhere We Go'
- AL ERA Leader Steven Wright Filling Red Sox's Need for Co-Ace
- Rusney Castillo Clears Waivers, Sent to Triple-A: Comments, Reaction
- Ted Williams 'Would Have Loved' Ortiz Hitting HR No. 521
- Prospect Profile for Red Sox's 1st-Round Pick Jason Groome
- Can Red Sox Make Real Run at 1,000 Runs in 2016?
- 2016 Annual Drive - Help Keep SoxProspects Free!
- Moncada and Benintendi named to Futures Game
- Cup of Coffee: Wilkerson strikes out eight to make his case
- Podcast Ep. #100: Your regularly scheduled June programming
- Red Sox promote Miller, option Cuevas
- Weekly Notes: Promotions continue and scouting notes
- Cup of Coffee: Ball great again, Benintendi stays hot
- Cup of Coffee: Espinoza, O'Sullivan impress on the mound
- SoxProspects Featured Video: Sam Travis
- Cup of Coffee: GCL opens season, Washington, Moncada mash