Rehabbing Red Sox lefthander Felix Doubront threw five innings of no-hit ball to go along with 10 strikeouts in a rehab start with the PawSox Sunday.
“His stuff plays in the zone,” Pawtucket manager Kevin Boles said. “He’s definitely got some swing-and-miss-type stuff. His delivery looked like it synched up more times than not. I thought this was a big sign of improvement from his last outing.”
Prospect Matt Barnes came on in relief of Doubront and threw three scoreless innings against the Charlotte Knights.
During a game against the Blue Jays on May 20, Farrell pulled Doubront in the fifth inning because of an injury to the starter’s left shoulder. Doubront went on the DL the next day. The 26-year-old lefty said he bumped his throwing shoulder on a car door before the start against the Jays. Doubront put up a 5.12 ERA in nine starts before going on the DL.
Meanwhile Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz was not as effective in his first rehab start since going on the DL Saturday night in Pawtucket.
Buchholz gave up three runs, including two solo homers, to go along with four hits over 4 2/3 innings against the Knights.
“Hopefully this one start. I don’t have to build up arm strength,” Buchholz told the Providence Journal. “That’s what rehab assignments are for, to go out and gradually build your arm strength but I haven’t stopped throwing. I’ve been throwing bullpens the whole time. I feel like the arm strength has even got better by playing long toss and bullpens. If everything goes fine [Saturday] and there’s no hiccups, I don’t see a reason why unless they just want me to throw another game. Hopefully this will be my only one.”
The lanky righty has struggled mightily all season and eventually landed on the DL on May 27 with what the team said was a hyperextended left knee.
Will Middlebrooks and Shane Victorino also appeared in Saturday night’s game — both making their first rehab starts after going on the DL. Middlebrooks went 1-for-3 with a strikeout while Victorino went 0-for-2 on the night.