The Red Sox announced that they'll call up Felix Doubront, who began the season in Double-A, to start and make his major league debut Friday against the Dodgers.
The 22-year-old left-hander from Venezuela impressed the team in spring training and has continued to impress. Since being promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket, he's put up a 1.08 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings.
"He was a fun kid to watch this spring," Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters . "He had poise. Everybody liked his fastball. He's not a finished product. He's still developing his secondary pitches. But he's got some finish on that fastball, and he's not afraid to throw it."
The scouting report for Doubront on soxprospects.com says Doubront has a 91-94 mph fastball with good control and late life, and a good changeup.
It's probably a temporary promotion, with Doubront starting in place of Daisuke Matsuzaka, who looks to be on target to return from a forearm strain in time for his next start.
-- David Andriesen
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