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.