Andrew Bailey, who tossed 25 pitches Tuesday in the first pitching he'd done since being put on the disabled list late last month, passed the second step of his rehab Thursday, throwing well in a 15-pitch simulated game at Tropicana Field prior to the Red Sox-Rays game.
Now he's expected to pitch in a minor-league game Saturday -- it's presumed to be in Pawtucket, though Portland is also home that night -- in what should be his only rehab appearance. If all goes well, the Sox will activate him Monday when they open a three-game series in Chicago against the White Sox.
Bailey is suffering from a biceps strain. The Sox subsequently lost their other closer candidate, Joel Hanrahan, to injury after Bailey was hurt, prompting them to force Junichi Tazawa into the closer's role. Bailey will take the closer's job back when he returns.