Originally posted on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 3/8/12
Closer Andrew Bailey has to pitch this spring because of a strained lat muscle but that will come to an end hopefully on Friday when he is scheduled to pitch batting practice. Bailey also has a tentative inning on Monday  against the Marlins. Closers typically need much less time to get ready for the season given that they only pitch (usually) one inning at a time. I'm interested to see what Bailey can bring to the Sox. It's such a luxury to have end of games figured out these days so if Bailey can regain the form that he lost a little bit in Oakland last year then the Red Sox will have gotten a steal. An 8th and 9th of Mark Melancon and Bailey - if they perform to their capabilities - would lose almost nothing from the Bard/Paplebon battery of last season.Carl Crawford appears to be doing well with his therapy and will reportedly meet withthe medical staff tomorrow to get a better idea of what to do going forward. Bobby Valentine was quoted as saying,"Saw Carl this morning," sai...
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