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Quick hits: Bailey closer to returning

5/14/2013

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A few quick hits prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays:

* Reliever Andrew Bailey, who was eligible to come off the disabled list Tuesday with a right biceps strain, threw a 25-pitch side session in which he was able to throw all of his pitches and came out of it “feeling very good,” according to manager John Farrell. Farrell said that Bailey will pitch a simulated game here Thursday and be re-evaluated at that time, with a decision made then as to whether to send him out for one appearance on a brief rehab assignment.

“To take it for a test run I think would be helpful," Farrell said.

* Outfielder Shane Victorino was all smiles Tuesday and ready to go, Farrell said, despite hitting the bullpen wall at full speed Sunday. Asked how Victorino wasn’t hurt given the force of the impact, Farrell said: “I don’t know. I can’t run that fast.

“It looked ugly at the time, but every test, every image we put him through, he’s 100 percent," Farrell said. “No fractures, injuries of any kind."

* Catcher David Ross remained back in Boston undergoing further tests after being placed on the seven-day disabled list for concussive symptoms.

* Ryan Lavarnway is drawing the start at catcher Tuesday night, Farrell said, against Rays left-hander Matt Moore. “He’s going to be called upon to produce," Farrell said, noting that Lavarnway has been hitting well of late (10 for 30, .333, eight RBIs in his last eight games for Pawtucket).

Lavarnway was here for three days in April, but did not play. He batted .157 in 46 games for the Sox last season, going hitless in his last 13 at-bats.

* Franklin Morales made a rehab start for Pawtucket on Monday night, giving up a run on two hits, striking out four and walking none in three innings at Charlotte. Morales, who is recovering from a strained left pectoral muscle, threw 48 pitches. The only run he allowed came on a home run by Josh Phegley. Morales has made three rehab appearances, spanning eight innings, for Class A Greenville, Class AA Portland and Class AAA Pawtucket, and allowed just one run.

* Dustin Pedroia comes into Tuesday’s game with multiple hits in each of his last five games. Pedroia has done so six times in his career; he has never had six multi-hit games in a row. Which leads us to an obligatory Jerry Remy reference: Pedroia is the first Red Sox second baseman to have 17 multi-hit games in his team’s first 38 games since Remy in 1979. Only Alex Gordon of the Royals has more multi-hit games this season.

* The Red Sox come into Tuesday night’s game after going 0-for-19 with runners in scoring position in their last two game, and 3-for-36 in last weekend’s series against the Jays. Farrell said he would be more concerned if the club was not putting runners in scoring position.