NEW YORK -- Left-hander Felix Doubront, who has not pitched since August 9 in hopes of allowing him to catch his breath during his first full season in a big league rotation, threw three simulated innings and approximately 45 pitches in a bullpen side session on Friday in New York. At this point, however, the Sox do not have him slated to return to the rotation. Instead, the team plans to have him throw at least one more simulated outing of more than three innings before returning him to the rotation going forward.
As such, while Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that the 24-year-old "will be ready this next week to pitch," he also acknowledged that the Sox could place him on the 15-day disabled list in order to permit the club to call up a reinforcement from Triple-A. That would still allow Doubront to have his next bullpen session and then return to the rotation sometime near the end of next week.
Doubront is 10-6 with a 4.70 ERA...
NEW YORK -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that David Ortiz was "totally pain-free" on Thursday in Baltimore after being shut down from any physical activity for several days, and that the designated hitter -- out since July 16 due to his strained right Achilles -- was slated to take batting practice on Friday. But while Valentine anticipated that Ortiz "might run a little" and "do some things to test it," Valentine also said that he did not expect the slugger to return from the disabled list during the weekend series with the Yankees.
Without Ortiz in the lineup, the Sox are now 12-17 with a .733 OPS that is 15th best in the majors during that time. They've averaged 4.6 runs per game without Ortiz, compared to 5.0 runs per game with him.
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FOXBORO -- On the final day of official training camp, the Patriots practiced in sweats and shells, ending camp when rookie Chandler Jones caught a punt in the back of the end zone. He proceeded to do a dance and get mobbed by his teammates. As a result, the team was given the night off from group meetings and are expected to have Saturday off before a Sunday walk-through in advance of Monday's preseason game against the Eagles at Gillette Stadium.
Running back Stevan Ridley (right knee), safety Tavon Wilson (left ankle) and receiver Jabar Gaffney (right leg) all missed practice with various leg injuries over the past three days. In total 71 of 88 Patriots players on the active roster were in attendance. Ridley and Gaffney were among the 11 players on the sidelines in sweats and shorts while six players, including Wilson, were not on the field at all.
Wes Welker left midway through practice though his departure did not appear to be injury...
The Pawtucket Red Sox have released pitcher Mark Prior to make room for recently-acquired Pedro Beato, who came over from the Mets as the player to be named later in the Kelly Shoppach trade. Beato has spent most of the season with the Mets' Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo.
Prior has struggled recently as the one-time Cub phenom allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings in his last three appearances.
Scott Podsednik will be in right field, while Cody Ross will handle the designated hitter duties as the Red Sox begin a three-game series with the Yankees against Philip Hughes in New York. Pedro Ciriaco will be at third base with Mike Aviles at short.
The Sox will send Franklin Morales to the mound as they look to narrow a 12 1/2 game gap in the standings.
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