Doubront Boston's 26th player placed on DL

Doubront Boston's 26th player placed on DL

NEW YORK -- Though the move was more of a maintenance issue than a serious injury, lefty Felix Doubront became the 26th Red Sox player this season to be placed on the disabled list when the move was made before Saturday's game against the Yankees.

Doubront has been dealing with some arm fatigue and a right knee contusion, and the move was made retroactive to Aug. 10.

That would set Doubront up for a return to the rotation in one week -- Aug. 25 at Fenway Park against the Royals.

By placing Doubront on the DL, the Red Sox were able to add another bat to the mix, bringing back Mauro Gomez from Triple-A Pawtucket.

At a time when David Ortiz is still on the DL with a strained right Achilles tendon, Gomez could offer the Red Sox some production.

Gomez, 27, hit .300 (9-for-30) for the Red Sox over nine games in his earlier stint this season. The International League All-Star is leading that league with 59 extra-base hits, a .589 slugging percentage and an average of 16.13 at-bats per home run.

Though third base -- and defense in general -- is hardly Gomez's strength, he did play a couple of games there earlier this season for Boston manager Bobby Valentine. That could come in handy now with Will Middlebrooks out for the rest of the season with a broken right wrist.