Bailey: 'I'm ready to roll'


Bailey: 'I'm ready to roll'

FORT MYERS, Fla. Andrew Bailey followed starter Clay Buchholz to the mound in Wednesdays Triple-A game against a Rays squad.

Bailey went 1 23 innings, facing seven batters, giving up one run on two hits, with no walks and two strikeouts. He threw 26 pitches, 21 for strikes.

Pitching coach Bob McClure was pleased with Baileys outing.

Once he got the ball down he was fine, McClure said. Im starting to see the ball jump out of his hand better too. Were starting to see it on all of them but we go slow with the back of the bullpen. You always go slow with them and then you increase it as you get close.

It felt good, Bailey said. Trying to work on commanding the fastball. Getting to that point in camp where you try and place yourself in the situation youre going to be in during the season. So its nice to get out there and have that one-plus where you sit down and get back up. Thats kind of why came in today and threw today, was to be able to do that. And I have a couple more before Opening Day.

It was the first time this spring Bailey had pitched more than one inning.

Thats something for me that Ive done a lot in my career but that first ones always a little tougher to bounce back from, Bailey said. So it was good that it was, even if it was in a minor league game, it was still nice to get it done and get it out there. Sometimes thats tougher than a back to back for me.

Bailey, who was delayed at the start of spring training because of a strained lat suffered while doing the vertical leap in his physical, believes hes gotten in sufficient work to be ready for the start of the season. This was his seventh outing, spanning 7 23 innings. He got in his only back-to-back appearances so far on Saturday and Sunday.

Ill probably go two out of three days and then probably have the two days off, in Washington, D.C. and the off day Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, he said. And then be ready for Opening Day. So well probably do a game, off, game, and then the two days off and then Opening Day.

Im ready to roll. Looking forward to it.

Report: Ehrhoff signs a PTO with the B's after World Cup


Report: Ehrhoff signs a PTO with the B's after World Cup

The Bruins will add another veteran defenseman to their training camp group fresh off the World Cup of Hockey as German D-man Christian Ehrhoff is headed to Boston on a PTO (professional tryout agreement), according to a report from TSN Insider Bob McKenzie.

The 34-year-old Ehrhoff had three assists in six World Cup games for Team Europe, and had two goals and 10 points in 48 games for the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks last season while clearly starting to slow down a bit. He’s clearly no longer the player that averaged 14 goals and 47 points for the Vancouver Canucks from 2009-2011, and is another left-shot defenseman to add to a team that already has Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug.

But it behooved the Bruins to bring in at least one “name” veteran D-man on a tryout basis during this training camp with so many needs for upgrades on the back end, and with a host of young players that might not be ready for prime time. This might also be a warning sign for young veteran Joe Morrow, a left shot D-man that has struggled a bit in training camp after coming off an erratic first full season at the NHL level.

Clearly the Bruins need more than Ehrhoff, however, even if he’s somehow re-energized with the Bruins after playing pretty well in the World Cup. The Kings were down enough on his game to put him through waivers last season, but he was a top-4 defenseman for the previous eight seasons for San Jose, Vancouver, Buffalo and Pittsburgh prior to getting bounced around between the Kings and Blackhawks last season.

The added bonus with taking a look at Ehrhoff is that there’s no risk associated with a PTO, and the Bruins can simply walk away with no cost if the B’s coaching staff decides he’s not a good fit for the group in Boston. On the other hand, bringing in a Kris Russell-type would cost a great deal in terms of money and term in a free agent contract, and it might not benefit the Black and Gold club in the end result.