After an excellent start to the season and a DL trip for Joel Hanrahan, Boston Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey looked to have taken firm hold of the closer role - until biceps soreness kept him out of Wednesday night's game. Bailey had been given a few days to rest but the Red Sox had expected the right-hander to be available out of the bullpen on Saturday night.
Unfortunately for Bailey, that wasn't the case. Pete Abraham of Boston.com reported that the pain returned during pre-game warmups on Saturday and he was held out again. The frustrated Bailey seemed uncertain about the problem after Saturday's game:
“I went out, and played catch normally and I guess it’s not ready yet,” Bailey said after the 5-1 loss against the Rangers. “I’m very frustrated, got a lot of different notions. Just have to wake up tomorrow and see how it goes.’
Bailey is due to be reevaluated by a team doctor in Boston on Monday. He pitched just 15.1 innings for the Red Sox in 2012, when he was expected to be the closer to start the season but ended up missing the majority of the year with a thumb injury. If Bailey misses an extended period of time, it seems likely that Hanrahan, the closer when the season started, will step back into the role.
Hanrahan, 31, has 100 career saves and had a phenomenal year for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011, saving 40 games with a 1.83 ERA. However, control has been a problem for Hanrahan of late: his career walk rate of 4.4/9 is already high but it spiked to 5.4 in 2012, as he walked nearly 15% of batters faced. Hanrahan came off the DL earlier this week after suffering a hamstring injury early in the season.
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