Pedro Martinez has been assigned to two players in spring training in his new role as special assistant to general manager Ben Cherington — Rubby De La Rosa and Felix Doubront.

De La Rosa, 23, acquired from the Dodgers Aug. 25, idolized Martinez growing up in the Dominican Republic. Martinez’s bigger role is with Doubront, 25, the team’s fourth starter who the Red Sox hoped would become a 200-inning, 15-game winner. Doubront came to camp overweight and with a sore arm.

Martinez is going to be around to offer support — and a kick in the pants.

“[Doubront’s] so young and so full of talent that sometimes you take for granted the opportunity we’re given,” Martinez said. “But the same way it comes, the same way it could go. All it takes is a bad injury and you’re out of baseball. And the only thing that prevents injuries is hard work.