The Red Sox announced this evening that left-handed reliever Craig Breslow will begin the season on the disabled list due to a mild left shoulder strain.
While the situation was downplayed by the Red Sox for most of the spring, Breslow simply ran out of time to be ready for Opening Day. The 33-year-old was kept on the minor league side this week, which was a sign that a backdated stint on the disabled list was likely. He’s eligible to be activated April 5 and Red Sox manager John Farrell told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald this evening that his stay on the disabled list is expected to be “minimal.”
Breslow began last season on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation and went on to post a 1.81 ERA over 61 appearances. The Red Sox will hope for a similar result this time around.