Sox' Breslow to start throwing Saturday

Sox' Breslow to start throwing Saturday
March 1, 2013, 4:30 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla. --  More than two weeks after pitchers and catchers had their first official workout, Craig Breslow has yet to throw a baseball.
“I think I’m going to be throwing perpetually tomorrow,” said Breslow, sitting in front of his locker Friday afternoon.
A short time later manager John Farrell pulled up a chair to chat with the left-hander.
‘Perpetually tomorrow’ is now actually tomorrow.
“Tomorrow is a planned day to initiate a throwing program,” Farrell said.
Farrell is hopeful that will give Breslow enough time to be ready for Opening Day.
“As of today yes,” Farrell said. “As we get further into camp we’ll have to adjust accordingly. But most important is that we respond to how he feels and not be totally attached to the date. But now yes.
“With three weeks of not throwing, he’s going to need probably 10 days of a throwing program to get back on the mound. That would be just a quick look at that without anything mapped out on the calendar. I know he’s chomping at the bit.”
Farrell said he would like Breslow to get “six or seven” innings to be ready for Opening Day, which could be tight, given the constraints.
“Given the situation we’re in right now, you’d like to see at least six or seven if you could fit that in,” Farrell said. “So you start to map that out on a calendar and you back it up with the amount of time needed to throw leading into games, we’re getting into that tight time frame.
Breslow said the “irritation and general discomfort” he felt in his shoulder at the start of camp has improved.
“I feel a lot better,” he said. “I feel good. I think the training staff is just utilizing the longer spring to make absolutely certain that when I go out there I’ll have no hiccups. I’ll be able to  progress quickly.
“I feel stronger, I feel like things are moving through the tests and range of motion the way it’s supposed to. So I think if this were in the middle of the season, I would have been throwing. But because we have this luxury [of a longer spring training], we’ll use it.”