Farrell: Breslow won't be a lefty specialist

Farrell: Breslow won't be a lefty specialist
May 6, 2013, 4:45 pm
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BOSTON -- Left-handed reliever Craig Breslow was activated from the disabled list before Monday night's game against the Twins. The move was made to fill Andrew Bailey's roster spot, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday with a right biceps strain.

Breslow began the season on the 15-day DL due to left shoulder tendonitis. He made five rehab appearances -- four with Triple-A Pawtucket and one with Double-A Portland.

In Pawtucket, Breslow posted a 2.45 ERA, allowing one earned run in 3.2 innings of work, while striking out four.

Before Monday night's game, Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Breslow will be more than a lefty-specialist out of the bullpen.

"Not so much a specialist or a matchup [pitcher]," said Farrell. "Obviously he's left-handed and has had some success against left-handers. But he's also been a guy that takes almost a starter's approach to shorter outings. And that's what's allowed him to be successful against right-handers as well.

"One thing is, we've got a fresh arm in our bullpen, which, given a lot of the usage of Junichi [Tazawa] and Koji [Uehara], hopefully it takes some of the pressure and workload off those two guys. But it won't be just a straight-up matchup situation."