BALTIMORE -- The downtime that the Red Sox have enforced on starter Felix Doubront has done him some good, and manager Bobby Valentine expects to have him back in the rotation for the homestand that starts next week.
"He feels good," said Valentine. "I think once we get home, he'll be right back in the saddle."
Doubront will throw a bullpen session at some point this week.
The left-hander was shut down for a start because he has pitched 122 2/3 innings, which is just shy of his career high as a professional.
Prior to the All-Star break, Doubront went 9-4 with a 4.41 ERA. Since then, he is 1-2 with a 5.74 ERA.