The Boston Red Sox have placed reliever Junichi Tazawa on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder impingement.
Tazawa has a 1-1 record with a 3.62 record in 32.1 innings pitched out the Red Sox bullpen this season.
In a conference call on Thursday night, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski doesn't expect Tazawa to be out for a long time.
"Our doctors tell me the impingement is really settling fine," said Dombrowski. "He actually threw up to 120 feet today. The way we looked at it at this point was, ‘Could we have pushed him to maybe be ready even on Sunday?’ Perhaps. But we already had 10 days to back-date him. We don’t want to push it at all. We still have a long way to go ahead of us.
"We figured rather than rush him back, he misses Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We’re hopeful and think he’s going to be back by the homestand. He’s really eligible to off on Tuesday. I don’t know that it’s going to happen, but I there is a possibility that he’s ready to go there."
In a corresponding move, the team has called up right-handed pitcher William Cuevas from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Cuevas, 25, has a 3.60 ERA in 5 innings pitched in the major leagues this season.
All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel returned to Fort Myers on Sunday after his 4-month-old daughter underwent successful heart surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Red Sox are confident he'll be ready for Opening Day.
“Oh, yeah. Plenty,” manager Alex Cora replied when asked if Kimbrel had time to get ready for the March 29 opener against the Rays in St. Petersburg. “With him it’s a different schedule, anyway. He’ll be ready.”
Kimbrel's daughter, Lydia Joy, was born with a heart defect. He left the team Feb. 28 to be with her and his family in Boston, but pitching coach Dana Levangie said Kimbrel was on a pitching program during that time.
“The most important thing is that the family is okay with [Kimbrel returning to the Sox],” Cora said. “If they’re okay with it, we’re okay with it.”
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