Bailey pitches scoreless inning in first spring appearance

Bailey pitches scoreless inning in first spring appearance
February 21, 2013, 9:30 pm
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BOSTON – Andrew Bailey made his first appearance of the spring, throwing a scoreless inning in the Red Sox 11-1 win over Boston College Thursday afternoon.

Bailey is one of several pitchers on whom the Sox are counting for a resurgence this season. The erstwhile closer ended last spring with a thumb injury, undergoing surgery on April 4, and did not make his season debut until Aug. 16. He made 19 appearances last season, posting a record of 1-1, with a 7.04 ERA, six saves, and three blown saves.

Because of his performance, the Sox acquired Joel Hanrahan in a December trade with the Pirates. With the acquisition, Sox manager John Farrell immediately announced Hanrahan would be the team’s new closer, avoiding any on-going speculation.

Bard, though, will be counted on to be in the late-inning mix, and could spell Hanrahan at times.

While Thursday’s outing against the Eagles – the second game of an exhibition doubleheader – did not offer the caliber of competition Bailey will soon be facing, it was a good first step for him.

“I thought Bailey threw some pitches down in the strike zone for strikes that were effective,” said manager John Farrell. “And he’s got such good action and life to his fastball up in the zone. it was a good outing for him.”