The Boston Red Sox have no intentions of blowing up their roster, but they did make one transaction during their off day.
The Red Sox have signed left-handed reliever Jeremy Bleich to a minor league contract, the team confirmed Thursday to MassLive.com's Chris Cotillo.
Bleich, who turns 32 in June, pitched with the Philadelphia Phillies in spring training this year but was released on March 21.
Bleich entered Major League Baseball with lofty expectations after the New York Yankees took him 44th overall in the 2008 MLB Draft. But the Stanford product underwent shoulder surgery in 2010 while pitching for Double-A Trenton that caused him to miss the entire 2011 season and limited his potential.
The veteran left-hander finally broke into the big leagues last season with the Oakland Athletics, allowing two runs in 0.2 innings pitched over two appearances.
Bleich will report to Boston's extended spring training and likely join the team's Double-A Portland or Triple-A Pawtucket club, per Cotillo.
Considering the Red Sox currently have no left-handed relievers on their big-league roster, they could call Bleich up for some situational appearances at some point this season.
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