Lefty reliever Breslow starts season on DL

Lefty reliever Breslow starts season on DL
March 27, 2014, 10:30 pm

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Heading into the final week of spring training, the Red Sox had two roster decisions to make in an effort to get down to the 25-man limit.

On Thursday night, they made one of them - sort of.

The Sox placed left-handed reliever Craig Breslow on the disabled list with mild left shoulder soreness. The move was made retroactive to March 21, making Breslow eligible to be activated April 5, the fifth game of the season.

The Sox brought Breslow along slowly this spring, careful to not ask too much too soon of the veteran lefty who had a big workload last season and last October.

Breslow didn't face hitters until last Friday when he threw live batting practice. He then appeared in two minor league games this week, the most recent of which was Thursday afternoon.

"He felt like he'd be ready for the start of the season," said manager John Farrell of Breslow. "We just felt like, similar to last season, with a couple of extra [minor league outings], we could continue to build his foundation.

"I thought today, watching him in the game, there was a clear step-up in stuff without over-exerting. We expect this stay [on the DL] to be minimal."

It's virtually assured that Brandon Workman will claim Breslow's spot, since he can offer multi-inning relief capability early in the season when starting pitchers aren't fully stretched out.

The Red Sox also placed knuckleballer Steven Wright [sports hernia] on the DL, also retroactive to March 21.

The moves reduce the Sox to 33 players. The remainder of the moves will come Friday, including the expected announcement that Grady Sizemore has won the starting center fielder's job.