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Saturday, February 23, 2013
Breslow (shoulder) making progress

By Rick Weber

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox reliever Craig Breslow said he’s making steady progress with the irritation in his left shoulder and could potentially throw today.

“I’m getting better every day,” said Breslow, who has not thrown a bullpen session or live BP during spring training. “Hopefully, it won’t be too long. I feel like once I get out there and start throwing, it won’t take very long to ramp things up.

“I basically come in every day and consult with the trainers, and they lay out the course of action for the day.”

Said manager John Farrell, “The symptoms have cleared up. We want to be sure his strength is at the minimum level before we put the ball in his hand.”

Breslow, who had a 2.70 ERA in 20 innings after being acquired by the Red Sox in a July 31 trade and signed a two-year deal Jan. 24, is antsy to get out there.

“Obviously, my preference would be to be feeling great and pitching in games with the rest of the guys,” he said. “But this is where we are. Fortunately, it’s a longer spring training (because of the World Baseball Classic), so we’re taking advantage of it.”