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Purposeful winter has Felix Doubront ready for camp

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  February 13, 2014 01:33 PM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Felix Doubront made his first appearance at Red Sox camp on Thursday. But he has been in Florida most of the offseason getting ready.

Doubront said he spent three weeks in Venezuela after the World Series. He then reported to Sarasota for a three-week session with trainers at the IMG facility there. He returned in January for four more weeks.

Doubront said he feels in much better shape that he was at the end of last season. He has thrown off the mound seven times already and will do so again on Friday.

"Everything is great," he said. "I feel a lot stronger and this is going to be a big season for me."

Doubront has been working on making his delivery more efficient and quicker to the plate.

See the Globe on Friday for more on Felix.

In other news:

• Junichi Tazawa made his first appearance in camp.

• Koji Uehara was supposed to arrive on Thursday but was delayed in Baltimore by bad weather. He should arrive soon.

• Across the state in Port St. Lucie, Mets GM Sandy Alderson played down the idea of signing Stephen Drew.

“I said it was unlikely that we would sign another major free agent. I think that’s still the case," he told reporters.

• It was great to see Luis Tiant around JetBlue Park.

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