The 2013 World Series champion Boston Red Sox have had a less-than-champion-like start to the 2014 season. They won only three of the eight seven games, but they are playing without two of their regulars right now. Shane Victorino is on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring and has not yet played a regular-season game. Will Middlebrooks recently hit the disabled list with a right calf strain. In addition, relievers Steven Wright and Craig Breslow are disabled as well: Wright because of a sports hernia surgery and Breslow with a shoulder strain.

The good news is that three of these four players are due back very soon — as recently as April 9 to the end of the month. In fact, the Boston Globe‘s Pete Abraham tweeted Tuesday that Breslow will rejoin the bullpen on Wednesday, April 9.

Breslow was a stellar 5-1, 1.81 ERA, 1.13 WHIP in 61 appearances last year. He has pitched only one Minor League game so far, but he will give the bullpen a tremendous boost. Abraham’s tweet indicates that Brandon Workman will move down to Pawtucket to make room on the roster.

The bullpen, though, is not the reason for the poor start. Through seven games, the bullpen leads the American League in ERA at 2.14 (although it has lost twice). The offense has sputtered. The Red Sox have scored just 24 runs (3.42 per game). They have played without Victorino, but that could change very soon. Abraham also tweeted about Victorino and Middlebrooks.

MLB.com’s Ian Browne and Quinn Roberts report that Victorino has resumed his physical activities in preparation to return. He had a bout with the flu, which slowed him down, but those symptoms are clearing up. Manager John Farrell says that he will re-evaluate his right fielder and potential lead-off hitter at the end of the week. If all goes well, Victorino could find himself in the lineup just a few days later. Victorino hit .294 with 15 HR and stole 21 bases last year.

Meanwhile, Middlebrooks could return by the end of the month. He went on the DL on April 6, but — according to Abraham’s tweet — he is ready to resume baseball activities by the end of this week. This implies that the calf strain is healing quickly, and he will need to get back into game shape. He is 3 for 13 on the season so far, but he has hit a home run. He hit 17 in 94 games last year. He is one of the reasons that general manager Ben Cherington passed on bringing Stephen Drew back on a three-year deal.

Wright, however, is a different story. The team moved him to the 60-day DL on Monday and have no determination on when he will pitch again. He was not one of the main relievers, but he has shown great promise in the Minor Leagues.

All is not lost in Beantown. The Red Sox have struggled somewhat out of the gate, but they will recover. They have the pitching, offense, and defense to win. It just all needs to come together, and it will. Reinforcements are on the way.

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