PORTLAND, Maine — Boston Red Sox left-handed pitcher Felix Doubront is expected to join the Portland Sea Dogs on a rehab assignment on Thursday when he’ll get the start for the 7 p.m. game against the Erie SeaWolves at Hadlock Field.
Doubront, 26, has been sidelined since May 21 with a left shoulder strain. In nine games with the Red Sox this season, he has a 2-4 record with a 5.12 ERA and 31 strikeouts.
In parts of five Major League seasons, Doubront has compiled a 26-22 career record with a 4.67 ERA. Doubront was acquired by the Red Sox as an international free agent on July 12, 2004.
Doubront spent the 2009 season and part of the 2010 season with the Portland Sea Dogs. He was selected as the 2009 Sea Dogs Pitcher of the Year after notching an 8-6 record with a 3.35 ERA, which ranked second in the league, and recorded a team high 101 strikeouts. In eight games in 2010 with the Sea Dogs he was 4-0 with a 2.51 ERA before earning a promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Doubront is the second Red Sox player to rehab with the Sea Dogs this season joining Steven Wright. Since becoming a Red Sox affiliate in 2003, the Sea Dogs have had 33 major league rehab assignments.
In Wednesday night’s game, the Sea Dogs led wire to wire thanks to a first inning home run and outstanding pitching and beat the Erie SeaWolves 5-1.
Bo Greenwell began the game with a solo home run down the line in right to give Portland the 1-0 lead, right out of the gate against Jeff Ferrell and the SeaWolves. The Sea Dogs proceeded to load the bases, with no outs, against the starter, but he bounced back and struck out the next three in order to end the threat.
Red Sox top-pitching prospect Henry Owens entered the game on a 14-inning scoreless streak and the left-hander kept that rolling Wednesday night.
He cruised through the first inning in perfect fashion; he allowed a hit in the second, but that would be all until the fourth. Owens pitched to contact all night and mixed in one strikeout per inning beginning in the second and continuing through to the seventh.
Jason Krizan drew a leadoff walk in the fourth, but the starter pitched around it and retired the next seven straight, until Jamie Johnson worked a one-out walk in the sixth. Again, the starter pitched around it and sat down the next four in a row.
Owens ventured back out for the eighth inning and into uncharted territory. Aaron Westlake led off the frame with a single, but Owens induced groundouts off the bats of both Dean Green and Dixon Machado to tie a career-high seven and two thirds.
Billy McMillon kept his lefty in there to battle with Johnson as he passed 100 pitches. Owens had a 2-2 count on the leadoff man and eventually won the battle, getting Johnson to fly out to left for the final out of the frame. Owens’ final line was a career-high eight innings, all scoreless, with just two hits, two walks, and six strikeouts. He finished with 107 pitches, 73 of which were in the zone for strikes.
Portland’s offense doubled up the lead to 2-0 with a run in the fourth. Jonathan Roof, who was named a Carolina League all-star earlier in the day, tripled with one out in the fourth and scored on Derrik Gibson’s single.