Bailey to DL; surgery could end his season

Bailey to DL; surgery could end his season
July 19, 2013, 6:15 pm
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BOSTON -- Andrew Bailey has been placed on the disabled list after tests earlier in the week revealed "significant" damage to his right labrum and shoulder capsule, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell before Friday's game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park.

Bailey said that both he and the doctors felt that this shoulder injury had been "building" for a while, but that he ultimately suffered it in the second-to-last at-bat in Oakland on Friday, against Jed Lowrie. He finished the inning, but the Red Sox reliever felt continued soreness later that night and into the next day.

After an MRI on Monday, and a second opinion in New York over the All-Star break, the Red Sox had no choice but to put Bailey on the DL.

"Both exams concur that there's some damage, and I think Andrew's at the point now of just weighing all the information that he's receiving, to take the next step," said Red Sox manager John Farrell on Friday.

All of that information has given the 29-year-old Bailey two options, as of July 19: Go through an aggressive rehab with no guarantee that he'd be able to return, or undergo season-ending shoulder surgery.

"To have an injury like this is very frustrating, and I'm just trying to gather as much information as I can," said Bailey on Friday.

"We're just trying to gather as much information and see what the options are before we do anything drastic. See what the options are, basically."

Bailey played out both of those options as he sat in the Red Sox dugout at Fenway Park before Friday's game against the Yankees.

He acknowledged that the rest-and-rehab approach has worked for some, but not all. So even if he went through it, he realizes that nothing guarantees he'd be able to return for a playoff run.

"It'll be tough," he said, while doing his best to stay optimistic and keeping it an option.

But Bailey also acknowledged that surgery, at some point, whether now or at season's end, will be necessary.

"The only way to fix this is surgery, to 100 percent fix it," said Bailey. "This isn't going to heal on its own."

Bailey then acknowledged that the recover timetable following this type of surgery is 12 months, and that if he had that surgery now, then he'd set himself up to be ready for the second half of next season.

"Surgery is on the table, obviously," said Bailey. "As a player, you dream of pitching in a [playoff] race, and the playoffs and then the World Series eventually. That's what I want to do, but ultimately, you've got to be healthy to do that. So I'm just trying to get all the options, possible."