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PAWTUCKET â Felix Doubront is returning to his pitching roots. After serving as a left-handed option in Bostonâs bullpen for a week-plus, Doubront will now serve as a member of Pawtucketâs starting rotation.
âHeâs going to start games,â confirmed Mike Hazen, the Red Soxâ vice president of player development. âHeâll probably be on a shortened pitch count to start, but weâll build him up from there. Heâll start the games.â
Doubront was optioned to the minors on Monday, replaced by fellow lefty Hideki Okajima. The 23-year-old Doubront struggled mightily in his three relief outings for Boston, compiling a 6.75 ERA in three outings spanning 2 2/3 innings.
Mainly a starter throughout his pro career, Doubront made the switch to reliever last season after injuries/ineffectiveness took their toll on the Soxâ pen. He was shut down during spring training with soreness in his pitching elbow only to be activated for Bostonâs home opener on April 8.
Itâs unclear when Doubront will make his first start for Pawtucket. He last pitched on Sunday against Toronto. On Tuesday night Doubront was listed on manager Arnie Beyelerâs lineup card as a reliever.