Remember all the hand-wringing over Felix Doubront reporting to camp in less than optimal shape?

Never mind.

Better late than never, Doubront has taken his spot in the Red Sox rotation and turned in three positive starts, including four scoreless innings last night against the Minnesota Twins. The lefty was effective, if not particularly economical, throwing 68 pitches but allowing only two hits and one walk while striking out four against a Twins lineup that featured few regulars.

“I feel pretty good — my arm, my shoulder,” said Doubront, who has allowed two runs and struck out 11 in 82⁄3 innings overall this spring. “A little bit off in the first inning, but I figured it out later.”

The Red Sox were encouraged by the way Doubront finished his first full major league season, recovering from a tired arm in August to complete at least six innings in his final four starts and post a 3.08 ERA.