Lefthanded reliever Craig Breslow did not get an out in his rehab appearance at Double A Portland. He faced four batters in the first inning and allowed three hits and a walk. He was charged with three runs.
Only 12 of 23 pitches were strikes in cold and rainy conditions.
Breslow, who is on the disabled list with a sore shoulder, returned to Fenway Park after the game and said he felt fine. It was more a matter of being rusty.
“Physically I felt pretty good. The results need to be better,” Breslow said. “The fact that I’m evaluating myself by baseball standards is probably a good thing for my health. But not getting anybody out is not going to cut it.”
Breslow is scheduled to pitch for Triple A Pawtucket this weekend, probably on Saturday.
Andrew Miller, who has struggled with his control all season, is the only lefthander in the Red Sox bullpen. That makes Breslow a potentially important addition.
A third lefthanded reliever, Franklin Morales, is on the disabled list recovering from a spring training back injury and recently missed an appearance because of a sore pectoral muscle.
• Jacoby Ellsbury was 0 for 2 with a walk, ending his hit streak at 12 games. He has hit safely in 17 of the 20 games this season.
• The Sox have lost 3 of 4 after a 12-4 start. Jon Lester (3-0, 1.73) will be pitching this afternoon.
• Wright joined Jackie Bradley Jr., Allen Webster and Alex Wilson as players who have made their major league debuts already this season. The Sox had three players make their debut all of last season.
• What is it about Oakland? The Red Sox are 2-9 against the Athletics since the start of last season, getting outscored 79-35. Last season included a 20-2 loss on Aug. 31 that was bad even for that sorry team.