Red Sox place Bailey (biceps) on disabled list

Red Sox place Bailey (biceps) on disabled list
May 6, 2013, 3:45 pm
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BOSTON – Right-hander Andrew Bailey was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday after an MRI revealed a biceps strain. Because Bailey has not pitched since April 28 against the Astros his DL stint can be backdated to April 29,  making him eligible to return on May 13, an off-day for the Red Sox.
 
In Bailey’s absence Joel Hanrahan reclaims the closer’s role – which he lost to Bailey when Hanrahan was on the DL.
 
Manager John Farrell said Bailey’s MRI revealed no structural damage. Farrell also said he was hopeful Bailey would  require no more than the 15 days of downtime.
 
“I think this confirms some of the not only training room findings but also what Andrew himself was feeling,” Farrell said. “And I think too gives him some peace of mind that it’s inflammation and just that.”
 
“Just shut it down, take care of the inflammation, do some work, extra work in the training room, just getting things moving properly,” Bailey said. “I just kind of felt something on one pitch. Just thankful I didn't go out there and try and do something stupid or else I’d be out longer.”
 
Bailey, while relieved with the diagnosis he received, acknowledged some frustration at having to go on the DL. He began last season on the DL, having surgery on his right thumb, and did not appear in a game until Aug. 14.
 
“One of my personal goals, I’ve told you a thousand times was to stay healthy, and this is obviously a 15-day stint,” Bailey said. “Isn’t great but it’s a little blip on the radar and on things we want to do here as a team. So ultimately  I’ll be back out there shortly and we still got a job to do and get to the playoffs and all that. So all those goals stay the same. So for me it’s just getting that thing calmed down and I’ll be back out there.”
 
Because Bailey struggled when he returned last season, the Sox acquired Hanrahan from the Pirates in December, with Farrell almost immediately naming Hanrahan the team’s closer. Having both Bailey and Hanrahan available to fill the closer’s role is a “luxury,” Farrell said.
 
“As [general manager] Ben [Cherington] said, he wanted to go out and find ways to improve the team,” Farrell said. “He wasn’t saying that we specifically wanted to target a closer. That being said, Joel came available, he makes us better.
 
“Fortunately in the situation we’re finding ourselves in, to  have two guys that we can build back to to close out games, it’s certainly a luxury or a benefit on our part. But when both guys are healthy certainly that’s our best team.”
 
Hanrahan was activated from the DL on April 30, missing 15 games with a right hamstring strain. Since then he has appeared in two games, recording one save, giving up three hits and a run in two innings. Before that, he posted a record of 0-1, three saves, and a blown save, with an ERA of 11.57.
 
“[The] main thing is that my body is feeling good and I don't have to think about any mechanical things out there,” Hanrahan said. “That's the kind of stuff (mechanics)  I'd talk about pregame or when I'm warming up and then not think about it on the field. All I'd main thing is that my body is feeling good and I don't have to think about any mechanical things out there. That's the kind of stuff (mechanics)  I'd talk about pregame or when I'm warming up and then not think about it on the field.  All I'd worry about was making good pitches and how to get a hitter out.”
 
Left-hander Craig Breslow, who began the season on the DL with a shoulder tendinitis, was activated to take Bailey’s spot on the roster.
 
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Monday against the Twins is Clay Buchholz’s first start since last week’s ruckus in Toronto when Blue Jays’ broadcaster accused him (and later Junichi Tazawa) of doctoring the baseball.  Farrell said he is not expecting any repercussions from the Twins in that regard tonight.
 
“I don’t know that they would,” Farrell said. “But if they choose to, there’s nothing to be hidden. Nothing to hide on Clay’s part. So we’re looking forward to Clay going out and pitching as he  has all year so far.”
 
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Buchholz’s enters the game leading the majors with a 1.01 ERA and six wins. His ERA is the sixth-best ever for a Sox pitcher over his first six starts of the season.

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Buchholz has gone at least seven innings and allowed two or fewer runs in all six starts. Since 1987, the only other major league pitcher to begin a season that way was Roger Clemens for the Sox in 1991, who did so in his first seven outings.

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Yesterday’s loss in Texas was the Sox’ first this season when scoring first. They are now 13-1 in such games.

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In an odd anomaly, of the Sox’ 31 games so far, just nine have been against teams with records above .500 on that day. The Sox are 3-6  in those games.