Red Sox lefthander Felix Doubront is getting closer to returning to the Red Sox.
In a rehab start in Portland Thursday night for the Double-A Sea Dogs, Doubront gave up two runs and three hits in four innings of work. Doubront gave up both runs and all three hits in the second inning.
Doubront threw 43 pitches in total -- 31 for strikes -- and did not walk a batter while striking out two in the Sea Dogs come from behind 5-3 win over the Erie SeaWolves.
"Just feeling comfortable with mechanics and arm speed," Doubront told the Portland Press Herald.
Doubront kept his velocity in check during the outing, with his fastball in the high 80s and topping out at 90 mph just once.
“My shoulder is lot better,” he said. “I wish I started my year the way I feel now.”
Sea Dogs pitching coach Bob Kipper told the Press Herald that Doubront “was able to throw the baseball with no restrictions. The timing of his delivery was pretty good. Certainly a positive outing.”
During a game against the Blue Jays on May 20, Red Sox manager John Farrell pulled Doubront in the fifth inning because of an injury to the starter's left shoulder. Doubront went on the 15-day DL with a strained left shoulder the next day. The 26-year-old lefty said he bumped his throwing shoulder on a car door before the start against the Jays, causing a contusion that limited what his arm was able to do. He is 2-4 with a 5.12 ERA this season.
Doubront is expected to make a few more rehab starts before rejoining the Red Sox later this month if all goes well. Doubront will likely make a start for Triple-A Pawtucket next week.