Left-hander Felix Doubront has been on the disabled list since Saturday with a knee contusion, but the injury is retroactive to August 10, the day after his last appearance with Boston. The 24-year-old southpaw is eligible to come off of the disabled list on Saturday, August 25, and after a five-inning bullpen session on Tuesday, it's likely he'll rejoin the club on that schedule.
Doubront's innings are likely to be monitored down the stretch, given the 122-2/3 frames he has thrown represent the second-most he has ever accumulated in a professional season. Boston won't shut him down outright, barring injury -- nor should they -- but he might have a start skipped here and there while Boston has the arms to pull that off. As it's August 22, and the Red Sox have both Aaron Cook and Daisuke Matsuzaka likely available to start if need be as soon as five days from now, they should be able to move Doubront around as necessary.
Since it's August 22, though, they likely won't have to do much more of that. He would have missed two-to-three starts worth of time recovering from the knee contusion, anyway, leaving him with just four or five opportunities to pitch the rest of the way. At five-to-six innings per start, that's going to leave Doubront around 150 innings, a fine figure for him given his past and the time missed in 2012.
[Update: 8:49 am] WEEI.com's Alex Speier reports that Felix Doubront is starting on Sunday, in what would be Aaron Cook's spot in the rotation.