Red Sox Send Ailing Lefty Reliever Felix Doubront Home

A day after giving up a pair of home runs in just one inning of work Red Sox left-hander Felix Doubront has flown to Boston for tests on a sore neck, Terry Francona said Wednesday in his weekly radio interview on WEEI.

Doubront was experiencing pain on the right side of his neck, Francona said. The examination in Boston is precautionary.

"We actually decided since he pitched last night to send him back to Boston today, get him looked at, figure out what's going on there, just to rule out some things," Francona said. "The good news is it's not his pitching arm. In fact it's not his arm, it's his neck, but it's on the [non-pitching] side. It was starting to grab at him a little bit when he was lifting his glove so we want to get him looked at. We'll see where that leads.”

The 23-year-old Doubront is 2-2 with a 4.32 ERA in 12 games — three starts — for the Red Sox. He had given up two home runs in 104 innings between the minors and majors before serving up a pair Tuesday night at Baltimore.

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