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Doubront, Breslow to take it slow early in camp


FORT MYERS, Fla. -- All Red Sox pitchers and catchers underwent physicals on Monday, and there were no red flags, but manager John Farrell did say that left-handers Felix Doubront and Craig Breslow will be on a more conservative program than the other pitchers.

This was not due to anything that came up in the physicals, but rather from symptoms during long toss.

Doubront is projected as one of Boston's five starters. Breslow will be a key lefty out of the bullpen.

"Both of those guys will be a little bit held back," Farrell said. "More precautionary than anything. Again, when they got aggressive in their long-toss program, there was some sensation in there, a little bit of irritation. We want to be clear that it's not an injury situation. It's just precautionary at this point. With the additional time, an additional week in Spring Training with the WBC, we're going to take advantage of it early."

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