CHICAGO – When Andrew Bailey began warming up in the top of the ninth inning, the Red Sox were in a save situation. By the time he entered the game, the Sox offense had added two more runs to their total, eliminating a potential save for the Sox closer, returning from the disabled list.
Still, it was good to be back.
“We felt like even with the non-save situation it was important to get him on the mound,” said manager John Farrell. “It’s been since this past Saturday when he was in a [rehab] game. So to see him on the mound, back healthy with us is a really good sign.”
Bailey pitched the ninth inning of the Red Sox 6-2 win over the White Sox. After being activated Monday from the disabled list, it was his first appearance since April 28. He has not been in game in a save situation since April 24.
“It felt like eternity,” said Bailey, who missed 19 games with a right biceps strain. “But everything feels great most importantly and it’s just nice to get one [appearance] under your belt.
“It felt good to be back and more importantly come out there with the victory. And looking forward to a good homestand.”
Bailey’s only blemish in the game was Paul Konerko’s two-out home run.
“Yeah, it was just a fastball up,” he said. "Got to get it down in the zone. And he hit it along ways. It happens, though. No worries.”
With Bailey’s return, the rest of the relievers can return to their customary roles.
“the bullpens been phenomenal as of late,” Bailey said. “[The job] they’ve done in, not only my absence, but Joel’s [Hanrahan’s] absence, has been terrific. I think with me coming back and healthy I think as a group we can get back to rolling and how we did early on in the year, and a little bit more defined roles, a little bit of stability, I guess. I’m looking forward to just going out there and winning ballgames.”