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Andrew Bailey over lat pull, cleared to face live hitters

Mar 7, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

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Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey suffered a minor lat pull while performing vertical leap drills on one of the first days of spring training. But he has already moved past the injury and is ready to begin playing catch-up with the other relievers in camp.

According to WEEI’s Rob Bradford, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Wednesday that Bailey has been cleared to face live hitters and could soon appear in his first Grapefruit League game.

Here’s Valentine, via WEEI.com:

“Bailey is ready. He threw the bullpen (session on Tuesday). The next time might be to a hitter, but it might be batting practice. We’re going to see how he feels. He might want to jump right into a game. He’s pain-free and feels like he’s throwing the ball fine.”

Bailey was acquired this offseason in a five-player trade with the A’s. The 27-year-old right-hander has registered a 2.07 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 9.0 K/9 in 174 career innings. He also has 75 saves in 84 tries.

  1. shaggylocks - Mar 7, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Wow, that’s weird to see someone not named Jonathan Papelbon called “the Red Sox closer.” Well, such is the game of baseball.

  2. thesportsguy13 - Mar 8, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Idk about you shaggy but that’s a welcome awkwardness….i enjoyed having pap for those years but he is a one trick pony. Just having one pitch can be effective if that’s pitch is dominant (see Mariano Rivera and his cutter) but since paps fastball has lost velocity in recent years it’s def not the same as a few years ago when he would throw it over and over again when it was 97+ mph. No problem with seeing him move on. Hopefully bailey will prove as a viable closing option

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