Felix Doubront had a solid rehab start for the PawSox this afternoon as he gets closer to returning to the Red Sox rotation.
Doubront started the Triple-A tilt against Louisville at McCoy Stadium and went 4 2/3 innings, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits along with a walk and three strikeouts. The Sox southpaw starter threw 75 pitches, 44 for strikes.
Felix Doubront turns in a fine rehab start – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO. Throws 75 pitches. PawSox trail Louisville 2-1 bottom 5.
— PawSox (@PawSox) June 10, 2014
One ongoing concern about Doubront is his struggle to maintain his velocity on his fastball. The southpaw reached 90 on only four of his 75 pitches on Tuesday.
“It’s a process. It was nice and easy and trying to control my pitches,” Doubront said according to the Providence Journal. “I’m looking for strength and trying to get my fastball a little bit more velocity. Right now, I feel good where I am.”
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 threw 43 pitches — 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.
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 may have a couple more rehab starts before rejoining the Red Sox.