BOSTON — Red Sox reliever Felix Doubront can hardly wait for Tuesday.
That's when his mother, Nancy Caraballo, will be moving here to the United States from Venezuela.
"Oh, my God," Doubront said excitedly. "It's pretty tough to get a visa in Venezuela right now. So she got the visa and I'm excited."
Doubront, a 22-year-old rookie left-hander who was born in Carabobo, Venezuela, has experienced a busy past few weeks. First, he was converted from a starter to a reliever in Pawtucket. Then, he was called up to pitch as a reliever for the Red Sox after making just one appearance out of the bullpen in Pawtucket. Now he is ready to reunite with his mother who he last saw in January when he visited Venezuela.
All in all, it has been an exciting August for Doubront, who shows a great deal of promise despite giving up three runs combined in his first five relief appearances for Boston.
Doubront also made three spot starts earlier this year for the Red Sox because of injuries to Daisuke Matsuzaka and Clay Buchholz.
Overall this year, he 2-2 with one save and a 4.50 ERA.
"He's 22 years old and he shows he can get big leaguers out," reliever Manny Delcarmen said about Doubront. "He's definitely a power lefty. ... He throws a cutter and throws the ball 93, 94 mph so he's pretty good."
Welcoming his mother
Doubront's mother has never been to the United States and, therefore, has never seen him pitch live in professional baseball here.
"You've got cable in Venezuela so she can see Red Sox games," Doubront said. "But she's excited to see me pitch every day.
"She's never seen me pitch in the United States. In Venezuela, yeah, when I play winter ball there she comes to the games."