Pregame notes: Napoli sits, Carp at first

July, 29, 2014
Jul 29
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BOSTON -- To say Red Sox pitcher Felix Doubront appeared disinterested during his appearance on Monday would be a major understatement. The left-hander entered the game in relief in the sixth and worked just 2/3 of an inning, allowing six runs on six hits with two walks and zero strikeouts. Even his warmup pitches were all over the place.

After the game mercifully ended and Toronto had pounded Boston 14-1, Red Sox manager John Farrell and pitching coach Juan Nieves both said every pitcher needs to be held accountable.

On Tuesday, Farrell was asked if he spoke with Doubront about the outing.

“Yes, and that’s all I’ll say about it,” Farrell said.

Since being moved out of the starting rotation and into the bullpen, Doubront has not been happy with the move. It was evident during Monday’s appearance.

Nieves had told Doubront that he needs to pitch his way back into the rotation. Meanwhile, others have replaced him -- namely Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster. And, if the Red Sox do trade Jon Lester before his scheduled start Wednesday night, Farrell said on Tuesday that Brandon Workman would be called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to start. Not a good sign for Doubront's future with Boston.

* Mike Napoli is not in the starting lineup Tuesday night; Mike Carp will start at first base for the Red Sox. Carp, who recently asked the Sox to be traded, has played a little more the last few games, but Farrell said this is a maintenance day for Napoli.

“A down day and just dealing with a little swelling in that finger that he’s been dealing with for quite some time,” Farrell said. “We felt a day down -- added treatment -- would give him a chance to try to get ahead of it a little bit more.”

Entering Tuesday’s game, Napoli has reached base safely in 25 of his last 29 games, with a .290 average, including five homers and eight RBIs.

* With all the trade speculation surrounding the Red Sox, Farrell said he has met with individual players about all different possibilities and scenarios. While Lester and fellow pitchers John Lackey and Andrew Miller have gained the most trade talk rumors, others are wondering where they stand. Farrell said the best way to handle situations like this week is to be honest with the players, so there are no surprises if anything does happen.

“We’ve talked to players individually on the current situation that’s in front of us,” Farrell said. “I think that’s just being professional with them to keep them abreast of what our plans are. This goes beyond players that are potential free agents and those players that might be rumored in trades. This goes deeper to players that we know are going to be here and we’ll continue to build with. That’s just a professional courtesy and respect to them and respect to the process that we have.”

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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