Breslow officially activated from DL by Red Sox

Breslow officially activated from DL by Red Sox
April 9, 2014, 2:30 pm
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BOSTON -- Craig Breslow was officially activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Red Sox on Wednesday afternoon, adding the veteran lefty reliever to a bullpen that was taxed to the tune of 6.1 innings in a 10-7 loss to the Rangers on Tuesday night.

Brandon Workman, who retired the first nine hitters he faced and worked into the ninth inning in Tuesday's loss, was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Breslow was placed on the 15-day DL on March 27 (retroactive to March 21) with a mild left shoulder strain. In three rehab outings for the PawSox, he pitched 2.2 scoreless innings. He allowed one hit, two walks, and he struck out one.

"Good to be out there," Breslow said before Wednesday's game with the Rangers. "It's tough to watch games. I much prefer to be on the participating side so hopefully that'll happen today."

Though the last time Breslow was in the bullpen at Fenway Park during the 2013 World Series championship run he was a staple in the late innings for the Red Sox, manager John Farrell explained that Breslow wouldn't be asked to throw many high-stress innings to start the season.

"Initially, we'll probably get him in some lower-leverage situations as he gets into the flow of things," Farrell said. "As Craig has shown for quite some time, there's a dependability of strike-throwing, with the upcoming series (in New York) and the number of lefthanders in given lineups, so that's going to be a plus for us to have a third lefthander."
 
Breslow said that he's felt healthy for some time now and that the rehab outings were just a matter of getting game repetitions. The time in the minors also helped Breslow continue to get a feel for his mechanics and his delivery.
 
"Naturally as competitors we want to do whatever we can and shoulder whatever our responsibilities are," Breslow said. "Not to be able to do that is frustrating but being able to keep the bigger picture in mind certainly helps. John and (pitching coach) Juan (Nieves) have done a good job of making me understand that their job is to keep me healthy for the next six or seven months and not the next two weeks."