What a weekend it was for the Red Sox as they had a riveting series with the Cleveland Indians, but also there was some work being done down on the farm.
Several players that made contributions to last year’s championship team are currently on rehab-assignments, so let’s take a look at how each player fared on their journey back to the Majors.
Well his start may have come during the week, but it’s important to note the start Prince Felix put together for Pawtucket. He tossed 4.2 innings, giving up two runs on six hits with a walk and three punchouts. While the start was decent in terms of numbers, there are concerns about his diminished velocity. We should see Doubront make a few more starts on the farm before coming back to Fenway.
This past Saturday he played right field and went 0-for-2 in five innings. He is going to continue rehabbing and we should see him start to play more innings over the next week.
Boston wants to get Middlebrooks back into the lineup and are mainly concerned with whatever offense he can bring to the club. In his last rehab game, he went 1-for-3 as the designated hitter for Pawtucket and is working on getting his timing back. There are also rumblings that once he is more healthy, Middlebrooks may get some run in the outfield.
The man who everyone worries about on a daily basis. Well he made his first rehab-start on Saturday for the PawSox pitching 4.2 innings and surrendering three earned runs on four hits, including two solo homers. Reports say his arm-strength and velocity are improving and plans for his next start are yet to be determined. I think we’ll see him make at least one more start on the farm, and if he can throw 75 quality pitches, we may see him back sooner rather than later.