Source: Surgery would sideline Bailey 'three to four months'


Source: Surgery would sideline Bailey 'three to four months'

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A decision has yet to be made on whether or not closer Andrew Bailey will require surgery on his injured thumb, but a source with direct knowledge of the situation said the Red Sox closer would be sidelined "three to four months" if he has the operation.
A decision on whether or not Bailey will require surgery should be made by the end of the day. Contrary to some reports, Bailey will not be operated on today if it's decided that surgery is necessary. Bailey and Josh Beckett were examined Tuesday by Dr. Robert Graham in Cleveland.
The Red Sox reiterated that Beckett's examination was, as they'd said Monday, precautionary in nature, and that he will make his scheduled start Saturday in Detroit.
Manager Bobby Valentine said Tuesday that if Bailey is sidelined for "a while", he will name a replacement closer and not go with a closer by committee. He declined to identify who it would be because he said he hasn't spoken to the player yet.

Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner


Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

BOSTON -- “I didn’t feel that love after I made a pitching change in the sixth inning,” Terry Francona said after a 45-second standing ovation from Boston fans upon receiving the MLB Manager of the Year award from the BBWAA Thursday.

It’s without question the love for Francona runs deep in the city. Why wouldn’t it? He was the leader in breaking the 86-year old curse, and wound up winning another World Series title for Boston three years later.

Actually, he was more of a co-leader, working alongside the same person who won the MLB Executive of the Year honors from the BBWAA for 2016.

Theo Epstein -- who received an ovation 17 seconds shorter than Francona, but who’s counting -- reminisced about the Red Sox ownership group that took a chance on a young kid who wasn’t necessarily the ideal candidate to take over as GM of a team, but now that’s helped him build the Chicago Cubs into a winning franchise and establish a great working environment.

This October marks 13 years since the ’04 championship, 10 years since ’07 and six years since the pair left Boston. Without question they’ve left their mark on the city and forever changed Red Sox baseball.

And while the fans showed their undying gratitude for Francona with an ovation almost as long as his acceptance speech, the Indians manager recognized the favor the current Red Sox brass has done for him.

“I’d like to thank Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox for getting Chris Sale the hell out of the Central Division,” Francona said.