BOSTON (CBS) — The Red Sox bullpen got a key contributor back on Wednesday, as lefty Craig Breslow was activated from the disabled list.

The 33-year-old Breslow started the season on the 15-day disabled list with a mild left shoulder strain, but will be active for Wednesday’s game against the Texas Rangers. Breslow pitched 2.2 scoreless innings over three rehabilitation outings with the Pawtucket Red Sox, including one start, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out one.

Breslow, a New Haven, CT native, was a big part to Boston’s successful bullpen in 2013. He teamed with Junichi Tazawa to bridge the way to closer Koji Uehara, going 5-2 with a 1.81 ERA and 33 strikeouts over 61 relief appearances during the regular season. He was 1-0 in 10 postseason outings last year with a 2.45 ERA and four holds.

A veteran of eight major league seasons, Breslow is 20-19 with a 2.82 ERA and 329 strikeouts over 419 appearances, all in relief.

To make room for Breslow on the roster, the Red Sox sent righty Brandon Workman down to Triple-A, where he is expected to join the PawSox rotation and become a starter.

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