Bailey: Surgery only way to fix it 100 percent

Bailey: Surgery only way to fix it 100 percent
July 19, 2013, 8:30 pm
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The health issues in the bullpen continues to haunt the Red Sox.

Just weeks after learning they would lose Andrew Miller for the season (and a little over two months after seeing Joel Hanrahan out for the remainder of 2013), the Sox have placed Andrew Bailey on the 15-day DL.

While that designation may not sound too serious, the injury that put him there may be a whole lot worse.

According to Bailey himself, the reliever is dealing with a torn capsule in his shoulder, damage to his labrum and a strained "subscap." Season-ending shoulder surgery, which would require a 12-month rehab process, is likely on the table, although Bailey is looking at any alternatives to a year-long shelving.

"The only way to fix this is surgery, 100 percent fix it. This isn't going to heal on its own," Bailey said. "As a player, you dream of pitching in a race and in the playoffs and in the World Series potentially and that's what I want to do. But ultimately, you've got to be healthy to do that, so I'm just trying to get all the options possible."

The Sox bullpen has been decimated by injuries and has been one of the weakest in the American League, posting a 4.10 ERA, a rate that betters just four AL squads. The team recently traded for lefty reliever Matt Thorton and just today signed Jose Contreras and Brandon Lyon, but it remains to be seen whether the rickety bullpen, likely without the services of Bailey, Miller and Hanrahan, can avoid sinking Boston's chances at the AL East or the Wild Card.