Found April 03, 2012 on Ted's Army:

The Ted's Army crew has created a series of collectors items to write home about. To preview the 2012 Red Sox season, we have created player cards that you can collect and trade with your friends over a nice tall glass of iced tea. Sit back and enjoy part 2 of 4 of our season preview, the bullpen.

Aceves Card
Alfredo Aceves will likely see time as a starter, set-up man, closer, and possibly a long-reliever. We were all on the same page and have a lot of confidence in Aceves in any role he takes on.

Melancon card

Ted's Army has made the decision to make Melancon the favorite as a replacement for Bailey. It makes sense since he is a closer. The uncertainty surrounding his ability to close is related to the type of environment he pitched in last season. Can he deal with the pressure of Boston? We think he can do a decent job.


Miller Card

Andrew Miller still has to build up his confidence as a starter, so the pen will be a good place for him. He is willing to do anything to stay on the roster so he will be holding nothing back.



Matt Albers...I've got nothing.


Bailey Card

We give 2 big thumbs up to Andrew Bailey's recovery process. I hope you at least gave me a sympathy laugh. Depending on what type of procedure he undergoes, no one has any idea when he will return. We'll give him a mid/end-June return.

Matsuzaka card

We are throwing Dice-K in here as a wild card. He is obviously a starter but there has been no clear word on when he will return. It could be as early as June or it could be July. For now, he can hang with the guys in the pen.


Alfredo Aceves Prepares to be Red Sox Closer as Opening Day Looms (Video)

Alfredo Aceves has gone from being the odd man out in the Red Sox’ rotation to being the pitcher the team will rely on to close its victories. After word came out that Andrew Bailey would be sidelined for four to five months with a thumb injury, all eyes turned to Aceves, who was a reliable reliever in all kinds of situations for the Sox last season. Manager Bobby Valentine confirmed...

Alfredo Aceves Named Red Sox Closer in Andrew Bailey's Absence

Bobby Valentine has named Alfredo Aceves the team's closer while Andrew Bailey rehabs from thumb surgery. The manager made the announcement on Wednesday, just one day before the team opens up the 2012 season in Detroit against the Tigers. Aceves went 10-2 in 55 appearances last year (four starts) and posted a 2.61 ERA. He has four career saves (two in 2011) in 114 career games.

Sources: Beckett, Bailey to see specialist

The Boston Red Sox continue to say that right-hander Josh Beckett will be fine. But the pitcher on Tuesday will join teammate Andrew Bailey in Cleveland to see Dr. Robert Graham, a hand specialist at the Cleveland Clinic, according to major-league sources. The team wants Beckett to visit Graham for "peace of mind" and still expects him to pitch the second game of the season...

Red Sox closer Bailey to have thumb examined

Boston Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey is flying back to Boston to have his right thumb examined. Bailey, who was acquired in a trade with the Oakland Athletics in December, last pitched in a minor league game vs. Toronto on Wednesday. Valentine said he was unaware that Bailey has been dealing with a thumb problem since March 21. Bailey has appeared in six Grapefruit League games...

Josh Beckett Suffers Thumb Injury, Alfredo Aceves Prepared to Make Spot Start in His Place

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Josh Beckett has suffered a thumb injury and is headed to San Antonio to get it examined. In a news conference Monday, Alfredo Aceves revealed that Bobby Valentine instructed him to prepare to spot start for Beckett in the second game of the season and the home opener in Boston. "[Valentine] said Josh Beckett had an injury with his thumb. If he doesn'...

Your Morning Dump...where it's Melancon vs. Aceves

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. While Bailey is sidelined, the top candidates to replace him as the closer are Mark Melancon and Alfredo Aceves. Melancon is the obvious choice, as he was slated to be the set-up man and has experience closing...

Andrew Bailey Expected to Be Out for 'A While', Daniel Bard Expected to Continue With Starting Role

WASHINGTON, D.C. –– The prognosis for Andrew Bailey's thumb doesn't look promising. A day after undergoing an examination in Boston, the Red Sox closer flew to Cleveland for a second opinion. Although Bobby Valentine is still waiting on the results, the Red Sox manager said he expects Bailey to be sidelined for "a while." Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington...

Red Sox's Bailey to have thumb surgery

Boston Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey will have surgery on his right thumb that could sideline him for a significant portion of the season.

Who's it going to be if Andrew Bailey can't go?

So it's just about a forgone conclusion now that Andrew Bailey won't be able to start the season on the DL with a bad thumb. Prompting Bobby Valentine to throw out this Jay Leno esque joke,"No thumb wrestling's allowed. We took that out of the program. The worst thing about it is, the other old adage is they happen in threes. 'Stop it, mom. Don't say it again...

Red Sox April Schedule Adds Insult to Injuries

Thumb injuries to Red Sox pitchers Josh Beckett and the apparently 2-ply, tissue paper made, Andrew Bailey have the rotation and bullpen in a state of flux. An ominous beginning to a 2012 season for a team who desperately needs to get over last season’s September collapse could do without. Prior to the 2011 season the Red Sox were highly touted and many predicted 100 plus wins...

Ben Cherington to Appear on Dennis and Callahan on Thursday Morning

The Boston Red Sox have seemingly been stuck in a state of chaos since the end of last season. First, it was clubhouse concerns during the end of the 2011 season. Then came new manager Bobby Valentine. And now, flashy new closer Andrew Bailey is down for a few months with a thumb injury and Josh Beckett could be joining him. Thankfully, general manager Ben Cherington is on the case...

Beckett ot See Hand Surgeon Today

Dr. Thomas Graham is going to be busy in Cleveland today examining two Red Sox pitchers.  Yesterday we learned that closer Andrew Bailey would be visiting Dr. Graham, a hand surgeon, to get a second opinion on his thumb.  Now we are learning that Josh Beckett will also travel to Cleveland today to get a second opinion as well after visiting a doctor in San Antonio yesterday. ...

Red Sox Spring Training Update (Final Week): Bailey and Beckett Injure Thumbs

[caption id="attachment_2051" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The Red Sox won their final two Spring Training games, but Andrew Bailey's thumb injury and impending surgery throws the entire bullpen into chaos. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)"][/caption] Opening Day may be Thursday, but first the Boston Red Sox had to wrap up their final...
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