The Boston Red Sox have placed right-handed reliever Andrew
Bailey on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury, according to Brian
MacPherson of The Providence Journal.
Confirming @pgammo report: Andrew Bailey is being placed on the disabled list.
— Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) July 19, 2013
It’s been a roller coaster ride of a season for Bailey.
After he dealt with injuries and ineffectiveness last year, the Red Sox elected
to acquire Joel Hanrahan from the Pittsburgh Pirates to be their closer. Bailey
got another shot at the role after Hanrahan went down with a season-ending injury, but he’s since lost it again, this time to former setup man Koji Uehara.
Bailey was on the DL earlier this season, but that was due to a biceps strain. Since returning, Bailey’s struggles have continued, as he’s
posted a 5.51 ERA with eight walks and six home runs allowed over 16 1/3
innings after being activated. The final straw was blowing back-to-back saves
late last month, after which Boston replaced him with Uehara.
Bailey was once considered one of the top young closers in
the game with the Oakland Athletics, winning Rookie of the Year in 2009. Boston
acquired him from the A’s two offseason ago for a package built around outfielder
Josh Reddick. Over two seasons with the Red Sox, the 29-year-old has struggled
to the tune of a 4.91 ERA and 1.455 WHIP over 44 innings. Not exactly what
Boston had in mind.
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