Bailey to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery

Bailey to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery
July 21, 2013, 6:15 pm
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BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell announced that Andrew Bailey will have shoulder surgery on Wednesday, officially ending any chances -- however minute they were -- that the righty reliever will return to the mound this season.

The surgery will be performed in New York by Dr. David Altcheck to repair Bailey's damaged right labrum and capsule.

Soon after Bailey felt he injured his shoulder in Oakland last week, it was thought he might be able to return to the Red Sox bullpen at some point by taking a conservative approach, resting his arm and not undergoing surgery.

Farrell said that after consulting with doctors, it was determined that surgery was the best option.

"There were no guarantees, if he were able to get back to the mound, [that he would return] to a normal level through the conservative path," Farrell said. "I think as Andrew weighed all the information that he got from the multiple doctors seen, it was pretty clear cut. The decision was pretty much made for him."

Farrell said that the full extent of Bailey's injury, and the timetable for his return, will not be known until after the procedure has been performed.

Bailey figured to be an important piece to the Red Sox bullpen for the second half before his shoulder gave way. In his final five appearances of the season he had started to find his footing after stumbling through June. In that span, he struck out nine and walked just one. He allowed one run, three hits, and in 20 plate appearances, opposing hitters had an average of .158 against him.

Bailey served briefly as Red Sox closer earlier this season after Joel Hanrahan went down with a season-ending injury of his own. But Bailey blew three of the six save opportunities he encountered and eventually Koji Uehara took the closer's job. Bailey finished the season with a 3.77 ERA in 28.2 innings.