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Craig Breslow not expected to be ready for Opening Day

03.07.13 at 1:27 pm ET

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox manager John Farrell said prior to his team’s spring training game with the Twins that reliever Craig Breslow — who has been dealing with left shoulder stiffness — most likely won’t be ready to contribute by the time the Sox take on the Yankees in the season-opener on April 1.

‘€œHe’€™s in the strengthening today. He’€™s on an every other day throwing program right now,” Farrell said of Breslow. “It’€™s hard to project right now that he’€™ll be ready to go once camp breaks. He’€™s going to need a little time. He’€™s going to have to go back through not only the long toss progression but bullpens and (batting practice), 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 who has been slowed is Franklin Morales (back stiffness), who Farrell explained will have to enter the season on a reliever’s program due to his relative inactivity. Morales was originally slated to be stretched out as a starter.

There is also no certainty that Morales, who has been on anti-inflammatories, will be available by Opening Day.

“Depenidng on 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.”

With the two ailments putting a dent in the left-handed options in the Red Sox’ bullpen, some righties who have had success against lefty hitters — such as Koji Uehara and Clayton Mortensen — may be relied on to fill the role short-term.

“Coming into camp, there was, just by numbers, there was a surplus, and just some guys out of options,” the manager explained.” They’€™re limited in what movement you can do with certain guys. This is clear proof that it has a way of sorting itself out at some point.’€

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