Breslow likely to start season on disabled list

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Craig Breslow still hasn't gotten on a mound this spring as he recovers from weakness in his left shoulder, and manager John Farrell has conceded that it's doubtful the lefty setup man will start the season on the active roster.

"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," Farrell said. "He's going to need a little time. He's going to have to go back through not only the long toss progression but [bullpen sessions] and BP, that normal progression. For a reliever, it's a little bit shorter, but still, he's got some steps he's got to go through."

Another lefty reliever, Franklin Morales, has been slowed by a back injury and there's no guarantee he'll be ready by the end of camp either.

"Depending on how these next probably five to seven days go and how he can pick back up in the throwing program, that's going to give us a better read on whether he's going to be ready to go," Farrell said. "But he's had one appearance and one inning. It's not been a lot."

The biggest drawback as far as Morales is concerned is that the Red Sox had planned on stretching him out as a starter this spring in the event that one of the members of the rotation got injured. But there's no longer going to be time for that.

On the plus side, Farrell still has a healthy lefty reliever at his disposal in Andrew Miller. And righty Koji Uehara has a strong track record against left-handed batters.

Ian Browne is a reporter for Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.