Posted April 03, 2012 on AP on Fox
The Boston Red Sox are preparing to open the season without closer Andrew Bailey, who was having a second opinion on a thumb injury that could keep the right-hander out for much of the year. Manager Bobby Valentine said Tuesday that he thinks Bailey will be out ''a while.'' Asked if that meant days, weeks or months, Valentine said: ''possibly all of the above.'' The nature of Bailey's injury is still a bit of a mystery. Valentine said Bailey doesn't know how his right thumb was injured. Bailey initially went to Boston on Monday to have it checked out, then traveled to Cleveland.

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...

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...

Valentine to appear weekly on NY radio

Boston Red Sox skipper Bobby Valentine will be making a weekly appearance on Michael Kay's show on New York radio's airwaves.

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. ...

Season Preview Part IV: The X Factor

Unfortunately, it's not Christina. The X Factor is Bobby Valentine.Parts I to III were named after Earl Weaver's famous formula for success: "Pitching, defense, and three-run homers." Unstated in the Weaver version was his -- um - confidence in his own competence. With Bobby Valentine, we don't know yet.Here's my take on Valentine so far: he talks too...

Bobby Valentine To Do Weekly Spot On NY Radio

Posted by the New York Daily News sports media columnist: #bbpBox_187524163630678016 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_187524163630678016 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; }Bobby Valentine signs with ESPN-1050 for weekly segment with M Kay. RedSox mgr vs Yankees TV voice. Starts today. Should be interesting.about 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhoneReplyRetweetFavorite...

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.

Boston Red Sox 2012: Put CSI on Call

DATELINE: HUMOR! Experts that felt the Boston Red Sox were one of the all-time great teams during preseason last year have abandoned ship. This season experts are looking askance at the Boston Red Sox. Perhaps it has something to do with playing in a park that was dedicated the day the Titanic sailed into oblivion exactly 100 years ago. Experts may have also been put off by the...

Can't get enough Sox talk? Tune in to a Season Preview podcast tonight!

Opening Day is nearly upon us!  Despite all the chaos that is happening in the bullpen, this is still something to get excited about! So in honor of Opening Day, I am teaming up with Boston Sports Then & Now's Andy Deossa to break down everything for the upcoming season. Tune in at 8 PM to hear Andy & I dissect the bullpen situation, the media's love affair with...
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