Bailey set for one rehab outing with PawSox

Bailey set for one rehab outing with PawSox
May 16, 2013, 7:00 pm
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Andrew Bailey looked sharp in throwing 15 pitches in a simulated game at Tropicana Field Thursday afternoon, but before activating him, the Red Sox will send him out for a one-outing rehab assignment in Pawtucket.
     
Bailey's been sidelined for the last two weeks with biceps soreness.
     
"I threw my all best pitches,'' said Bailey of the outing, having faced Mike Carp and Ryan Lavarnway. "It feels good. Like I've been saying, it's a baseball thing, just getting acclimated again. But everything feels great.''
     
Bailey might have preferred skipping the rehab altogether and being activated Friday in Minneapolis, but understands the need for competing in a game situation.
     
"I missed enough time to warrant at least one inning and just getting sharp,'' said Bailey. "We agreed to just go one inning and I'll be fine. There's the routine of getting up and coming into a game and making sure everything's sharp enough to pitch (in the big leagues) is the priority right now.''
     
"Watching him out here today,'' said John Farrell, "he threw the ball very well -- not only in terms of power with his fastball, but action with his secondary stuff. He warmed up without any issue, came out of it well and the next step is Pawtucket.''
     
Farrell said that when Bailey is activated for Monday, he will immediately return to the closer's role.
     
"The one thing we talked about at length,'' said Farrell, "is that we get a true read on how he feels after each outing, to balance recovery time and his availability.''