Bailey's on the rocks

TAMPA, Fla. -- Reliever Andrew Bailey, the New York Yankees' newest acquisition, checked in Monday morning, and although he said he has been playing catch since just before Christmas, he is aware the road back from major shoulder surgery is a long and uncertain one.

"There's really no timetable for this kind of thing," said Bailey, who was signed to a minor league deal Saturday night. "I’m not going to rush it. I’m going to do it right. The prototypical response is that it's a 12-month rehab and I'm seven months in, so you can take that and run with it."

Bailey underwent surgery to repair both a torn labrum and a torn capsule in July, so he is not expected to throw a pitch in a game -- majors or minors -- until this July at the earliest. "The shoulder is something special, it’s delicate," Bailey said. "We’re just going to take it easy and focus on getting back out there at the right time."

On Sunday, general manager Brian Cashman had a definite plan in mind for Bailey: "He's reporting to the trainers. I'd say look to August or September for him to potentially help the major league club at all."