When it rains, it pours.
As if injuries to Ryan Kalish, Yamaico Navarro, and J.C. Linares weren’t bad enough, on Friday, the PawSox added Felix Doubront and Nate Spears to their list of walking wounded.
(Photos courtesy of Kelly O’Connor)
Doubront strained his left groin while throwing in the bullpen in-between starts. The 23-year-old lefty has been scratched from Saturday’s scheduled start against Scranton/WB and will be replaced by Kris Johnson.
“I felt it in my left groin when I pushed off,” Doubront told me. “I felt a little tightness in there, so they checked me out. They say it is minor – I think I’ll miss maybe two starts. It’s not a big deal, but I want to take care of myself so I finish the season strong.”
Doubront missed most of spring training after experiencing tightness in his elbow and was just starting to resemble the pitcher who was named the Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2010. In his last two starts, Felix had 13 strikeouts in 7.2 IP.
“I just was feeling good about myself,” Doubront said. “I’m trying to be ready for the big leagues and I was feeling pretty comfortable on the mound in my last couple of outings. Tomorrow I’ll probably be pretty upset when I’m not pitching, but these things happen.”
Nate Spears suffered a lacerated and bruised left index finger on Thursday when he was hit by a pitch while trying to bunt. His finger is not broken, so Spears isn’t likely to be out for an extended period.
He’s been replaced on the PawSox roster by INF Brent Dlugach who has been on the disabled list all season after injuring his left shoulder while playing for Boston in a spring training game.
“In the third game of spring training, I was playing third base and a left-handed batter popped one up in foul territory,” Dlugach said. “I dove and dislocated my left shoulder. The Red Sox were pretty positive with me the whole time that since it was my left shoulder, I’d be able to rehab it and get through it without surgery. Knock on wood, it feels 100% now.”
Dlugach, an International League All-Star in 2009 with Toledo, started playing in extended spring training games last Saturday.
“I think I can do alright,” Dlugach said. “Baseball is a tough game – I don’t care if you’re Barry Bonds or a Little Leaguer – when you take time off there is going to be a little bit of an adjustment phase. We’ll see how it goes.”
The PawSox open a 4-game series with Scranton/WB on Friday at 7:05. I hope you’ll join us for radio coverage beginning at 6:50 on the PawSox radio network and pawsox.com.
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