Recovering Bailey may return to Sox on Friday
May 14, 2013, 6:00 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Closer Andrew Bailey, on the 15-day disabled list with a sore biceps, threw a successful 20-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday and could return to the Red Sox as soon as Friday.
"He threw all of his pitches, with good intensity,'' said John Farrell. "He came out of it very good. We'll have him face some hitters here Thursday (in a simulated game) and re-evaluate him at that point, whether we send him out for a one-game rehab appearance or look to activate him.
"But most importantly, there were no issues warming up and the ball got out of his hand really well.''
Bailey said after the session that he feels no discomfort in the biceps.
"Right now,'' he said, "it's a baseball thing. So we're moving in the right direction. I felt good the last few days. The other day, when I threw on flat ground, I knew we were kind of over the hump and now it's just getting into baseball mode.''
If Bailey goes on a rehab assignment, Farrell indicated, it would be "to just get additional adrenaline into some kind of game activity. It's going to be somewhat sterile here at 2:30 in the afternoon on Thursday, so to take it for a test run would be helpful. And to answer any questions Andrew might have when he steps on it with the adrenaline in a given game.''
"That's the next step,'' said Bailey of a possible rehab assignment. "I don't know if I will or won't need one. For me, it's about getting back and seeing hitters. We'll see what happens after Thursday.''
Bailey was hopeful that the simulated game may be rehab enough and he could be activated when the Sox leave here for a weekend series in Minneapolis that begins Friday.
"You don't want to go out there with a game on the line and not be sharp because you're coming off an injury,'' he said, "and you end up costing the team a game. Depending on how Thursday goes, we'll make that decision.''
With reliever Joel Hanrahan sidelined for the remainder of the season, Bailey is eager to get back and help an overworked Boston bullpen.
"They brought me over to do a job last year and I missed a hell of a lot of time (after thumb surgery in March),'' lamented Bailey. "[Being on] the 15-day DL this year already sucks, but the way I was throwing the ball (before the biceps injury), I'm confident I can get back to that for the remainder of the season.
"But yeah, I think it's important, with Joel gone, that I get back and do my thing.''