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Slow start for Breslow and Doubront

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  February 11, 2013 03:46 PM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Two Red Sox pitchers, lefthanders Craig Breslow and Felix Doubront, will be held back during the early part of spring training because of shoulder soreness.

“Not because of injury situations. Just maybe some discomfort and overall strength that they felt in their long-toss program,” manager John Farrell said. “More precautionary than anything.

“When they got aggressive in their long-toss program there was some sensation in there, a little bit of irritation. Want to be clear that it’s not an injury situation.”

Because of the World Baseball Classic, teams are starting spring training early. That allows the Red Sox to be cautious.

For the 25-year-old Doubront, however, it’s a red flag given that he threw 161 innings last season. That was by far the most of his career. The Red Sox shut down a tiring Doubront in August with what they said was a knee contusion. He returned and pitched well.

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