Andrew Bailey of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Texas Rangers during an MLB game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Andrew Bailey Returns From Thumb Surgery

Andrew Bailey's never been the most durable pitcher in the world, and he's been out for months after undergoing surgery on his thumb. After a successful rehab assignment, he joined the Red Sox bullpen for the first time.

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Andrew Bailey Returning To Red Sox

When Andrew Bailey last pitched in a major-league game, he was wearing the green-and-gold of the Oakland Athletics, September 28, 2011.

One trade, two injuries and a rehab assignment later, Bailey will make his Boston Red Sox debut soon. Scott Lauber:

According to a team source, the Red Sox intend to activate Bailey from the disabled list before tonight’s game in Baltimore, the opener of an all-important three-game series against the Orioles. The two-time All-Star closer passed his final test by retiring all four batters he faced Sunday night for Triple-A Pawtucket.

Bailey is not expected to become the Red Sox’ closer immediately, as the team wants to ease him into action and also, they have an effective closer now in Alfredo Aceves. Bailey says he doesn’t mind:

“I don’t really care. I just want to pitch,” Bailey said. “At this point, I’ve missed enough time to know that (Aceves) has done a hell of a job this year, and the bullpen has been great all year. So for me, I just want to find my role — whatever that is — and finish the year and get to the playoffs.”

No corresponding roster move has yet been announced, although Baseball Nation’s Marc Normandin suggests that the likely move would be to place Will Middlebrooks on the 60-day DL, then option either Junichi Tazawa or Clayton Mortensen to Triple-A Pawtucket.

For more on the Red Sox, please visit Over The Monster and SB Nation Boston.

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Andrew Bailey's Red Sox Debut 'Close'

Remember Andrew Bailey? Sure you do. Three years ago he was AL Rookie of the Year, two years ago he was still dominating AL hitters with a 1.47 ERA and 0.959 WHIP, in 2011 he was still effective with 24 saves despite a higher ERA. All of that got the Red Sox interested in him, they acquired him by trade, and he promptly got hurt and has not thrown a single pitch for them.

How Red Sox, right? Well, now Bailey could be making his Boston debut soon. Justin Albers:

Injured reliever Andrew Bailey pitched well in back-to-back appearances for Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday and Thursday, and he may be nearing a return to the big leagues.

Bailey allowed one hit and struck out two in a scoreless inning of work on Thursday afternoon. He pitched a 1-2-3 frame and struck out one in his appearance on Wednesday. Bailey consistently worked in the low 90s on Thursday, but he touched 94 mph. He is scheduled to pitch again for Pawtucket on Sunday.

The article says Bailey told WEEI radio in Boston he felt “close” to returning. Boston has needed relief help all year; Alfredo Aceves does have 23 saves, but with a high 4.21 ERA. Bailey’s return to action will be welcomed at Fenway Park.

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Andrew Bailey Nearing Rehab Assignment

Remember Andrew Bailey? He has yet to pitch in a game for the Boston Red Sox after they acquired him from the Oakland Athletics in a multi-player deal last offseason, due to thumb surgery and a forearm strain.

Now, he’s nearing a return. Gordon Edes:

But on Sunday in Tropicana Field, Bailey threw a 20-pitch bullpen, is scheduled to throw another Wednesday in Fenway Park, and then will be re-evaluated. He probably will be asked to throw a simulated game or two, but after that, it’s reasonable to expect he’ll be sent out on a rehabilitation assignment.

And when that happens, he says, he doesn’t expect to require the full 30 days before he will be ready to rejoin the Red Sox.

“Usually it takes just six or seven games, do a back-to-back," he said. “I don’t know how long that takes — a week, a week and a half?"

The Red Sox have done pretty well with Alfredo Aceves closing, so it’s not clear if Bailey would be installed as closer right away, but Boston could surely use another bullpen arm to help in their quest for one of the AL wild cards.

For more on the Red Sox, please visit Over The Monster and SB Nation Boston.

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