Sunday, May 19, 2013
Bailey expected back from DL Monday
By Ben Goessling, Special to ESPNBoston.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- Closer Andrew Bailey is likely to be activated from the disabled list in time for Monday's game in Chicago after making a rehab appearance at Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday night.
Bailey, who has been on the disabled list since April 29 with a strained right biceps, was scheduled to join the Red Sox in Minneapolis on Sunday, manager John Farrell said. He threw 17 pitches in an inning of work at Pawtucket on Saturday night, and Farrell said "physically, he came through it fine.
"He showed consistent velocity," Farrell said. "He'll get checked up on it, as anybody would, in a situation like this, but he came out of last night fine."
For a team that has already endured some bullpen turmoil this season, with closer Joel Hanrahan undergoing Tommy John surgery, Bailey's return will bring some stability back to Boston's bullpen.
Farrell said the team will be careful about using Bailey on back-to-back days initially, but when he is available, the Red Sox relievers will know their roles.
"To slide guys back a little bit earlier, it gives us that flexibility with Junichi (Tazawa) a little more, rather than holding him back to close out games," Farrell said. "I think just getting guys back one slot earlier in the game certainly makes us stronger and gives us added depth in the pen."
The starting pitcher for Pawtucket on Saturday night -- left-hander Franklin Morales -- was also there on a rehab assignment, but his results weren't very encouraging.
Morales, who is recovering from a pectoral strain, allowed five runs on three hits in four innings, walking three and surrendering two home runs. He will make another start for Pawtucket later this week, Farrell said, and the Red Sox will have to decide after that whether they want to make room for Morales in their rotation or their bullpen.
And while the Red Sox got outfielder Shane Victorino back on Sunday, starting him in center field to give Jacoby Ellsbury a day off, they were still without shortstop Stephen Drew, who strained his back on a headfirst slide on Friday.
"He still needs another day to get over that jarring sensation he felt," Farrell said. "We don't think it should be a prolonged situation."
Farrell said the jarring Drew felt was confined to his back, and added the Red Sox are not worried about any concussion-related symptoms with the shortstop.