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Felix Doubront: “I couldn’t feel my shoulder”

May 21, 2014, 9:28 AM EDT

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Red Sox left-hander Felix Doubront exited last night’s start against the Blue Jays in the fifth inning with what the team called shoulder fatigue and afterward he told reporters: “I couldn’t feel my shoulder. It was weird. I felt weird.”


In addition to the numbness, Doubront’s velocity also dipped during the game as he struggled to grip the ball and repeat his throwing motion. He’s scheduled to undergo an MRI exam today and seemed genuinely worried about the situation.

Prior to last night’s struggles Doubront had allowed just one run in back-to-back starts and posted a 3.48 ERA in his last six starts dating back to mid-April. But it’s awfully hard to pitch if you can’t feel your arm.

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  1. jbriggs81 - May 21, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Is this Boston’s first injury to a pitcher in their starting rotation?… welcome to the club

  2. abaird2012 - May 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.

    • illegalblues - May 21, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      definitely sounds like it 😦 that’s a bummer. don’t wish that on anyone

    • carpi2 - May 21, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      Not so sure if it will turn out to be TOS. Continued numbness isn’t characteristic of TOS. It may be a herniated disc, or even a labral tear.

  3. proudlycanadian - May 21, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Who replaces him in the rotation if he goes on the DL?

    • hammyofdoom - May 21, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      It’ll most likely be Brandon Workman, though Allen Webster, Anthony Ranaudo and Matt Barnes are all at AAA and are all primed to hit the majors sometime relatively soon.

      • proudlycanadian - May 21, 2014 at 11:59 AM

        I am sure that they will work it out.

  4. greej1938l - May 21, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Great coaching !!

  5. billybawl - May 21, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    There’s a NYT article from a few years ago on Bob Ojeda that among other things goes into gory detail about how pro pitchers have to manage unrelenting pain. It’s worth a google search and read, especially before you train your son to be an elite pitcher. We focus on the headline making injuries to star pitchers and prospects, but there are probably dozens of pitchers around the league thinking “all in a day’s work” to this news.

  6. zdravit - May 21, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    I can’t feel my face.

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