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March 26, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Tazawa placed on 60-day DL

The Red Sox have placed right-hander Junichi Tazawa on the 60-day disabled list, clearing a roster spot on the 40-man roster.

Tazawa, 24, underwent Tommy John surgery last April after rocketing through the minors to make his major league debut in his first season in the United States in 2009. At the moment, there is no timetable for Tazawa's return to the mound as he continues to make progress during his rehab.

The move, while not surprising, is widely assumed to open up a roster spot for left-handed reliever Dennys Reyes who has been competing for one of the last spots in the Boston bullpen. Reyes pushed back the opt-out clause in his contract to today and will likely end up on the 25-man roster for opening day. This spring, Reyes has appeared in 9 games, allowing 3 runs on 8 hits while striking out 8 in 9.0 innings pitched.