Red Sox giving Doubront a rest

CLEVELAND — Felix Doubront will skip at least one start, the Red Sox having decided to give the 24-year-old lefty a rest.

Doubront has allowed 16 earned runs on 27 hits and 14 walks over his last 20.2 innings. He has thrown 122.2 innings, 35 more than he did all last season, majors and minors.

“Right now a little blow for Felix is what the doctor ordered,” Bobby Valentine said. “Want him to take a deep breath, maybe do a little bit more leg work, do a little less throwing.”

The plan is for Doubront to miss just one start. But Valentine did not dismiss the idea of Doubront going on the disabled list.


Aaron Cook will start in Doubront’s place on Wednesday in Baltimore.


• The Red Sox signed Scott Podsednik so that Ryan Kalish could return to Pawtucket and play regularly before coming back in September. Kalish has not been effective as a part-time player (.203/.247/.241) and needs more at-bats.

Podsednik was traded to Arizona, refused an assignment to Triple A and then was released. He stayed in the Boston area and kept working out before being signed by the Red Sox.

• Pedro Ciriaco nearly started in left field tonight. The Red Sox have worked him out there in an attempt to increase his versatility. Valentine, for one, believes Ciriaco can be a super-utility type of player.

• It’s just a day off for Carl Crawford.

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