Bailey: 'Everything felt great'

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Bailey: 'Everything felt great'

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Reliever Andrew Bailey took a step toward being activated from the disabled list Wednesday, throwing live batting practice to two teammates at The Ballpark in Arlington after missing the first four months of the season.

Bailey underwent surgery on a torn thumb ligament at the end of spring training, then suffered a setback with some forearm issues last month.

But Wednesday, as he threw about 20 pitches to Pedro Ciriaco and Daniel Nava, was a positive, and it's possible that Bailey could rejoin his teammates by the middle of next month.

"It went really well,'' said Bailey of Wednesday's session. "I'm just anxious to get back out there and help this team win.''

The plan now calls for Bailey to throw another BP session Saturday either in Yankee Stadium or another venue, then begin a rehab assignment in the minor leagues.

"We're just going to take it a step at a time,'' said Bailey. "I threw my fastball, cutter, curveball and changeup. Everything felt great. There was no hesitation on any of my pitches, so I was able to accomplish everything that you need to accomplish with my first live BP and that was fine.''

Bailey said he feels no discomfort in either the surgically-repaired thumb or in his forearm.

"I feel good,'' said Bailey. "That little hiccup (with the forearm) was unfortunate and just something I've dealt with in the past. But the thumb feels great, forearm feels great and now it's just a matter of getting into game situations, so hopefully soon, I'll be back with the team.''

Bailey needs to make about a half-dozen or so minor league assignments, including at least two back-to-back. Because he'll need some time in between his first few appearances, the rehab process could take a couple of weeks.

But he's close to returning, something he could sense Wednesday.

"It felt great (throwing), it felt normal,'' he said. "It's definitely a step up from throwing in the bullpen. Obviously, with hitters in the box, you're going to get that little adrenaline. But there's always another extra step that you can't (replicate) unless you're in a game situation. That's the next step, and obviously at the big league level, there's another jump.

"I'm looking forward to that adrenaline, for sure.''

Carrabis: Not impressed by anyone else in A.L. East

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Carrabis: Not impressed by anyone else in A.L. East

Mike Felger grills Jared Carrabis on if he thinks the Boston Red Sox lead in the division will last the season and also why David Price has struggled so far this season.

Quotes, notes and stars: Farrell sticks with Price

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Quotes, notes and stars: Farrell sticks with Price

BOSTON – Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-7 win over the Yankees:

 

QUOTES

“I was talking to Chili Davis before he got to the mound, so I was trying to get a fastball.” - Christian Vazquez said on his game plan against Dellin Betances before he hit his go-ahead two-run home run in the seventh.

“He was still in good shape in terms of the number of pitches thrown. It didn’t seem like his stuff was backing up . . . I thought he was still strong . . . We knew what Alex had done in the previous couple of at-bats, but I just went out to check with him.” - John Farrell on his decision to leave David Price in the seventh to face Alex Rodriguez after he’d hit a home run and double in consecutive at-bats.

“I appreciate him leaving me out there in that situation against a guy that [had] hit the ball well against me twice . . . For them to stick with me today I really appreciate it.” - Price on Farrell leaving him in against Rodriguez in the seventh.

“He’d started me off with first pitch breaking ball both times. I was having a hard time picking it up all day. So I thought, let’s see if he does it again – and he threw it again.” - Travis Shaw on his two-run home run off Nathan Eovaldi in the fifth inning.

 

NOTES

* Of Travis Shaw’s 16 career home runs, seven have been on the first pitch. All three of his home runs against the Yankees have either tied the game or given Boston the lead.

* Both of Christian Vazquez’s career home runs have been two-run, tie-breaking shots at Fenway, with the other one coming in September of 2014.

* With his single to the left side in his second at-bat, Jackie Bradley, Jr. extends his hitting streak to eight games.

* Boston has stolen 22 bases in 24 attempts. The 2016 group is only the second Red Sox team in the last 20 years to steal as many as 22 bases in the first 25 games (2013 being the other team).

* Nathan Eovaldi notched three strikeouts, snapping his 6+ strikeout streak at eight games. He was tied with Rick Porcello for the longest active streak.

 

STARS

1) Christian Vazquez

His second career home run gave Boston the lead and insurance it needed.

2) Travis Shaw

After striking out twice against New York’s starter, Travis Shaw hit a no-doubt two-run homer to tie the game at 6-6.

3) Alex Rodriguez

After missing out on an RBI opportunity in his first at-bat, the Yankees’ DH took advantage of two big mistakes by David Price, blasting a homer and a double, knocking in three runs in the process.