Bailey open to any role upon return

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Bailey open to any role upon return

BOSTON His return isnt imminent, but Andrew Bailey is edging into the close category.

The man who would be closer for the Sox hasnt thrown a pitch for them all season after undergoing thumb surgery during spring training, but hes getting ready to make his third rehab appearance for the Sox this weekend.

It will be for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs on Sunday afternoon after hitting 92-mph in his two stints with the Gulf Coast League to kick things off. Bailey took Saturday off to meet with his family in Boston and take a breather before the next step in his rehab process. The hard-throwing righty will need at least three or four more rehab appearances at a minimum before he could even be considered for Major League activation, and will need to pitch in back-to-back games andor multiple innings before being cleared for takeoff.

But Bailey feels goods, and thats the most important thing.

We had to shut it down for a little bit when he first tried to come back, but Im feeling good now, said Bailey, who has notched four strikeouts and surrendered only one hit in his two innings of rehab work in the GCL. Ive got that good extension on my fastball. I just need to go out and get outs, and keep feeling good. Now its just a matter of working my way back here. Hopefully that will be soon.

Im getting ready for a month-long season and then hopefully the playoffs afterward.

Its uncertain what role Bailey would slide into for a Sox team thats fading off into the sunset as August gets underway, and getting a solid workman-like performance at the closer spot from Alfredo Aceves. He also doesnt much seem to care as long as good health follows him after a star-crossed first season in Boston.

In my second game I was throwing fastball, split and curveball, and that was a good sign, said Bailey. I dont give a expletive, frankly what the role is. I just want to pitch. Aceves has been an ace in the hole for the bullpen all year, so whatever role they need me to do is perfectly fine.

It will certainly give the bullpen a boost with the return of a power-armed 28-year-old thats averaged 25 saves a season over the last three years for the Oakland As. But it also appears to be too little, too late for a Sox team that couldnt quite get it going this season.

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.  

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the team, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported.

Bradley, who turns 27 April 19, had his best season in 2016, hitting .267 with 26 homers and a league-best 29-game hitting streak. He also won his first Gold Glove. A Scott Boras client, Bradley isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020. 
 
Friday at 1 p.m. was the deadline to reach deals to avoid arbitration. 

Other arbitration-eligible Red Sox are infielders Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad, right-handers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross and Tyler Thornburg and catcher Sandy Leon.