FORT MYERS, Fla. — Lefty reliever Craig Breslow is likely to start the season on the disabled list, Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
The same could be true for another lefthanded reliever, Franklin Morales.
Breslow arrived in camp with weakness in his left shoulder and has only recently started throwing on flat ground. He is not close to getting on the mound.
“He’s on an every-other-day throwing program right now. It’s hard to project right now that he’ll be ready to go once camp breaks. He’s going to need a little time,” Farrell said.
Once he starts throwing off the mound, Breslow would have go through the process of throwing live batting practice several times before getting into games.
Morales threw one inning in a game before being shut down with lower-back pain. He responded well to anti-inflammatory drugs and played catch today. The question now is how quickly he can catch up.
“Depending on how these next probably 5-7 days go and how he can pick up on the throwing program, that’s going to give us better read on whether he’s going to be ready to go,” Farrell said.
That will leave the Red Sox with one lefty in the pen — Andrew Miller — instead of three. But righthander Koji Uehara has been remarkably effective against lefties in his career (they have hit .216/.248/.383 three against him).
“Fortunately we have depth and we have quality depth in the bullpen,” Farrell said.
With Daniel Bard likely ticketed for Triple A to continue working on mechanical issues, the Opening Day bullpen now projects to this:
Closer: Joel Hanrahan
Set-up men: Andrew Bailey, Andrew Miller, Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa
Long relievers: Clayton Mortensen, Alfredo Aceves.
• David Ortiz ran the bases this morning. But not at the intensity that was planned.
“It’s more general soreness. It’s not in the Achilles. It’s in both lower leg areas. It’s not localized to the injury,” Farrell said. “It’s tendons down back of the ankles and in that area. One encouraging thing, it’s more because of the volume and increase, basically getting back in shape now that he’s been able to do some more aggressive running. It’s generalized; it’s not specific to the injury.”
• Now that he has watched Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster pitch, John Farrell really likes that trade with the Dodgers.
“Considering the deal and seeing the two arms that were brought back, it made the trade in the long run even that much more advantageous,” he said. “Let’s face it, we gave up some really talented players. I recognize that. Given where Ben [Cherington] and others felt we needed to go, to have [Webster and De La Rosa] come back and be able to move that amount of money is a hell of a deal.”