The Boston Red Sox today activated left-handed pitcher Craig Breslow from the 15-day disabled list. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, right-handed pitcher Brandon Workman was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket following last night's game. Breslow will be active for today's game against the Rangers at Fenway Park beginning at 4:10 p.m.
Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington made the announcement.
Breslow, 33, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on March 27 (retroactive to March 21) with a mild left shoulder strain. He pitched 2.2 scoreless innings over three rehabilitation outings with Pawtucket, including one start, and allowed one hit and two walks while striking out one batter. The New Haven, CT native went 5-2 with a 1.81 ERA (12 ER/59.2 IP) and 33 strikeouts over 61 relief appearances for the Red Sox during the 2013 regular season. In 10 postseason outings last year, Breslow went 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA (2 ER/7.1 IP) and recorded four holds. A veteran of eight major league seasons, he is 20-19 with a 2.82 ERA (126 ER/402.0 IP) and 329 strikeouts over 419 appearances, all in relief. Among active left-handers with at least 300.0 innings pitched, only Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers has a better ERA (2.59).
Workman, 25, who made his first career Opening Day roster in 2014, is 0-0 with a 1.42 ERA this season, allowing just one run with seven strikeouts and one walk allowed in 6.1 innings. Last night, he gave up one run while pitching the final 4.0 frames of Boston's 10-7 loss to the Rangers. The right-hander made his major league debut with the Red Sox last year, when he combined to go 6-3 with a 4.97 ERA (23 ER/41.2 IP) and 47 strikeouts between 17 relief appearances and three starts. In addition, he went 8.2 innings without allowing an earned run over 7 postseason outings. The native of Arlington, TX was signed by the Red Sox as a second-round selection in the 2010 June Draft.