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Red Sox send ‘disappointed’ Felix Doubront to bullpen

06.27.14 at 6:44 pm ET
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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.”

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