Found April 03, 2012 on Fox Sports:
Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey was told he will require surgery on his right thumb after meeting with doctors in Boston on Monday, but he will head to Cleveland on Tuesday for a second opinion, the Boston Globe reported, citing sources. In Cleveland, Bailey will meet with respected hand specialist and surgeon Dr. Thomas Graham. If Graham agrees that surgery is required, the procedure could take place as soon as Tuesday. It was not clear how long Bailey would be sidelined. Bailey, a right-hander, discovered the injury in unconventional fashion when he experienced soreness in his thumb while squeezing a shampoo bottle. The cause of the injury remained a mystery, but Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine had a theory. "Everything I've been searching my mind through -- you know, he had that collision at first base [in Bradenton, Fla.]," Valentine said of the spring training game on March 21. "The only thing I can think of is he went down after the collision and with the adrenaline didn't even realize anything happened. But I don't know. I asked everyone if they saw anything, I asked the weight room, and he doesn't have anything." Pitching coach Bob McClure said Bailey first experienced the pain shortly after the incident. "A couple days [after the collision], he was squeezing some shampoo, and said, 'Man, my thumb is sore,'" McClure said. Bailey had a 3.24 ERA last season, converting 24 of 26 save opportunities.

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. After an exhibition game Tuesday against the Washington Nationals, the Red Sox said their new closer was examined a day earlier in Boston by Drs. Mark Belsky and Matthew Leibman, then was examined again Tuesday in Cleveland by Dr. Thomas Graham...

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...

New Boston Red Sox Closer Andrew Bailey Already Out Indefinitely

New Boston Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey is already out indefinitely with a thumb injury that many close to the situation are calling serious. It appears as if Bailey will require surgery to repair his thumb, meaning he will begin the 2012 MLB season on the disabled list. Making matters unclear is that it is unknown as to how much time Bailey will miss. Let the good times...

Red Sox RHP Bailey to undergo surgery

Boston Red Sox right-handed pitcher Andrew Bailey will undergo surgery on his right thumb Wednesday to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament.The surgery will be performed by Dr. Thomas Graham in Cleveland.Bailey began feeling discomfort in his thumb during a spring training game against Pittsburgh on March 21.Manager Bobby Valentine said the closer should not be expected to return...

Closer Bailey to have right thumb examined

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said closer Andrew Bailey will travel to Boston on Monday to have his right thumb examined. Valentine made the announcement after Sunday's 5-1 win over Minnesota Twins. Bailey, who was acquired in a December trade with the Athletics, has not pitched in a major league game since March 25, against the Blue Jays in Dunedin. He pitched 1 2/3 innings...

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 Spring Training Delight - 4/2

The biggest news of the day for the Boston Red Sox on Sunday was supposed to be the announcement of Felix Doubront and Daniel Bard as the fourth and fifth members of the starting rotation. Instead, it was the news of a mysterious thumb injury suffered by Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey. No one is quite sure how Bailey injured his thumb and I saw a tweet somewhere yesterday that...

Andrew Bailey 'Possibly' Out for Months, According to Bobby Valentine

WASHINGTON -- The fortunes of the Boston Red Sox pitching staff took a detour Tuesday through Cleveland, where ace Josh Beckett and closer Andrew Bailey were both having second opinions on thumb injuries. Beckett is expected to OK, while Bailey could miss much of the season. "The good news for us is that their situations don't seem to be the same," manager Bobby Valentine...

Closer Position the Big Uncertainty on the Eve of Opening Day for Red Sox (Video)

Losing Andrew Bailey to a thumb injury for four to five months presents plenty of questions for the Red Sox as they come out of spring training. How Daniel Bard, Alfredo Aceves and Mark Melancon fit into the pitching plan is all part of the mix. Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy cover the pitching situation for the Sox on the eve of Opening Day and also give ideas of how the offense and...

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...
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