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Stiff elbow shelves Doubront 10 days-2 weeks

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff  February 24, 2011 01:27 PM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. --- Red Sox manager Terry Francona reported today LHP Felix Doubront exhibited "a little bit of a tight elbow" and that the club would take the cautious approach by shutting him down for the next 10 days to two weeks.

"So you won't see him out there for the near future,'' Francona said.

The Sox manager indicated Doubront, who was 2-2 (4.32 ERA) in 12 games in Boston last year, was examined and ``everything structurally is fine,'' Francona said.

"He's had this before and we'd rather not have him go 3-4 days and have him throw and nurse it through,'' Francona said. ``He's too young and potentially too good, that we would rather take the cautious approach.''

In other housekeeping matters, Francona said when the team breaks tomorrow and packs up for City of Palms Park, where the Sox will host an exhibition doubleheader against Boston College at 1 p.m. and Northeastern at 6 p.m., righthanded pitchers Jason Bergmann (shoulder soreness) and Junichi Tazawa (Tommy John surgery) would remain at the club's player development complex to continue their rehab work.

"Tazawa is certainly in a rehab program and Bergmann still has had a really good week," Francona said. "But he's still probably got more time with non-competitive throwing and we'll leave him down here where he can get some more one-on-one time with our strength and rehab guys.''

Francona said Jacoby Ellsbury was sick today and told to remain at home. "I guess it's pretty contagious and we don't need guys passing it around, so hopefully he'll be here tomorrow,'' Francona said.

Although there was no set time table on his return to full action, Adrian Gonzalez continued to show signs of progress swinging the bat after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery. "He had 36 swings,'' Francona said. "He'll do the same thing tomorrow. He'll build up volume as he goes and it'll be in 2-3 [day] increments, but he did real well."

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