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Andrew Bailey “real close” to making Red Sox debut

Aug 10, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Andrew Bailey has been on the disabled list all season following a spring training thumb injury, but the Red Sox reliever is on the verge of returning after making back-to-back Triple-A appearances Wednesday and Thursday.

Overall on his minor-league rehab assignment Bailey has allowed one run in five innings with a 9/1 K/BB ratio and Justin Albers of MLB.com reports that his fastball was clocked as high as 94 miles per hour, so performance-wise he certainly looks ready to face big-league hitters again.

Or as Bailey put it in a radio interview with WEEI: “I feel real close.”

Bailey was acquired from the A’s for Josh Reddick and two prospects in December after serving as Oakland’s closer for the past three seasons, but it’s unclear if manager Bobby Valentine will immediately throw him into the ninth-inning role or stick with Alfredo Aceves as closer.

  1. uyf1950 - Aug 10, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    “but it’s unclear if manager Bobby Valentine will immediately throw him into the ninth-inning role or stick with Alfredo Aceves as closer.” Does it really matter? For all practical purposes the Red Sox season is over. The Red Sox are currently 5.5 games out of the 2 wild card spots and more importantly they would have to leapfrog 4 teams just to get the 2nd wild card spot. Arguably it will probably take 90 wins to get either of the 2 wild card spots in the AL. That means the Red Sox would have to win 35 of their remaining 49 games. That’s a winning percentage of .714

    Now, does anyone think that even remotely doable for the Red Sox. Time to say “wait until next year”.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 10, 2012 at 11:21 AM

      What’s painful is their offense has been performing really well lately but the pitching has made it impossible for them to out-slug teams. Based on their offense, grabbing the second wild card spot is not totally out of the question. Based on their pitching, their chances are beyond bleak.

      • hokiegajanisgod - Aug 10, 2012 at 10:05 PM

        The offense isn’t as good as you may think. No power (miss ya Mr. Reddick), no walks, bad OBP/OPS.

        But you’re right, ultimately it comes down to the pitching staff..usually does (unless you’re Seattle)

        Theo left this team a mess. If he showed a little fiscal restraint (no Lackey, or Crawford, or giving Beckett that extension), and some backbone (suspending some of the beer n chicken cabal when they disrespected their mgr), Francona would still be in the Boston dugout and this mess wouldn’t be nearly as bad.

  2. flash1941 - Aug 10, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    One thing the Red Sox have never done well is obtain good pitching with a few exceptions. Aceves is not a closer as he has so demonstrated. Becket only pitches well when he feels like it. Apparently he no longer feels like it. Lackey was a mistake from the start. He never was great and not worth what he is being paid by a lot. The Red Sox would be much better just by getting rid of him. Bailey may be what is needed as a closer. Buchholz looks like he is becoming a better pitcher which is one bright spot. Trying to make Bard a starter was a hugh mistake that may have ruined a good pitcher. One also has to wonder if the front office has always had a problem with picking free agent pitchers or does the pitching coach have a problem.

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