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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Farrell: Breslow 'in good shape'

By Kyle Brasseur

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell said Tuesday that the team is expected to make a roster decision regarding reliever Craig Breslow before Wednesday’s game against the Texas Rangers.

Placed on the disabled list with a shoulder strain following spring training, Breslow started for Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, needing only 10 pitches to retire the side in order. In three rehab appearances, the left-hander has worked 2 2/3 innings, surrendering a hit and walking two.

“He came out of last night’s game fine,” Farrell said. “He reported today, went through his work. He’s in good shape.”

Although Farrell said a corresponding roster move has yet to be decided on, reliever Brandon Workman seems to be the logical choice to be optioned.

In other injury news, outfielder Shane Victorino and third baseman Will Middlebrooks are expected to start baseball activity late this week. Farrell said that Victorino, when he returns, could be used to bat leadoff against opposing left-handed starters.

“That’s one thing we had envisioned,” Farrell said. “We’ll see how that unfolds.”

In the meantime, Farrell will continue to rotate between outfielders Jonny Gomes, Daniel Nava and, occasionally, Grady Sizemore as the team looks to improve upon their .143/.273/.179 slash line out of the leadoff spot.

“The one thing we prioritize is on-base and yet we’re still trying to generate that,” Farrell said. “We’re going to be in a situation where we’ll mix and match as best we can, evident with the guys that are currently available.”