Red Sox will send Papelbon back to bullpen
Updated: March 22, 2007, 3:10 PM ET
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The Boston Red Sox didn't have to search long for Mike Timlin's replacement as closer.
Two days after announcing that the 41-year-old Timlin will start the season on the disabled list, multiple team sources told ESPN's Erin Andrews that the Red Sox have decided Jonathan Papelbon has regained the closer's job.
Papelbon had 35 saves and a 0.92 ERA last season as a closer in his rookie year, but a shoulder problem detected late in the season led the team to decide he would move to the starting rotation in 2007.
Because of Papelbon's shoulder issues, there will be restrictions on how he is used: He won't throw when he is tired and he won't appear in more than three games in a row, Andrews reports.
The news comes after manager Terry Francona announced that Timlin, who has been bothered by a strained oblique, will start the season on the DL.