Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Bailey undergoes shoulder surgery
By Kyle Brasseur
BOSTON -- Speaking before Wednesday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed that reliever Andrew Bailey's season-ending shoulder surgery with New York Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek was performed Wednesday afternoon.
"I last texted him as he was actually heading to the [operating room]," Farrell said. "That was the last I heard from him."
On Sunday, Farrell announced that Bailey would have the surgery after it was determined that the need for the operation was "clear cut."
Speaking with reporters on Friday, Bailey revealed that he had a torn capsule, damage to his labrum and a strain in one of his rotator cuff muscles. Although an aggressive, non-surgical rehab was an option, the right-hander said that the only way the problem would be 100 percent fixed would be through surgery.
Shoulder surgery generally entails about a one-year recovery process. Farrell said a more specific timetable for Bailey wasn't immediately available.
In 30 games with the Red Sox this season, Bailey converted eight of his 13 save opportunities while posting an ERA of 3.77.