Doubront OK after getting hit in ear by ball

Doubront OK after getting hit in ear by ball

BOSTON -- Starter Felix Doubront is OK after getting hit on the right ear while playing catch in the outfield Tuesday afternoon at Fenway Park.

"The ball hit off the fungo and I didn't see the ball," Doubront said a short while later in the Red Sox's clubhouse. "[It] just came right to my ear, but I'm fine, I'm good."

Doubront was on the ground in front of the visitors' bullpen in right field before walking off on his own power with trainers by his side.

"Whenever anybody comes off the field, you hold your breath, but he tested fine," manager Bobby Valentine said. "He feels good, he knows where he is, he knows where he's going. Thank goodness it just hit his ear. I think he's going to be just fine."

Doubront's next scheduled start is Thursday vs. the Rays in a 7:10 p.m. ET contest.

"[It] just kind of scared him more than anything," fellow starter Daniel Bard said.

Evan Drellich is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.