CLEARWATER, Fla. -- As the Red Sox traveled here for Friday's matchup with the Phillies, reliever Craig Breslow threw 20 pitches of live batting practice back in Fort Myers, the first time he'd faced hitters all spring.
"He came out of it fine, with good intensity,'' reported John Farrell, who was filled in on Breslow's performance from staff at the Jet Blue Park complex.
Breslow is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut Monday against the Orioles in Sarasota. He'll make three to four game appearances next week, which the left-hander believes are enough to get him ready for the season opener.
His manager isn't quite so sure.
"It's probably premature to [say he'll be ready]," said Farrell. "[Breslow] feels confident he will be, but I think we also have to be realistic, too, and take a look at him in those three outings next week.
"Getting him up to game speed takes a little bit longer than others. But once he gets over that hump, he's off and going. And he's getting there."