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Andrew Bailey will have an MRI on his right arm Monday

May 5, 2013, 3:22 PM EDT

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Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his sore right biceps muscle Monday.

And a 15-day disabled list stint seems likely to follow, no matter what the test results show.

Bailey was able to steal Boston’s ninth-inning job away from Joel Hanrahan late last month, but he hasn’t appeared in a game in over a week due to upper arm discomfort. Bailey tried to throw a side session on Saturday but couldn’t make it through.

The Red Sox will go with a committee at closer for the time being, though Hanrahan could reclaim the gig.

Bailey has a superb 1.46 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 20/4 K/BB ratio in 12 1/3 innings this season. But he has logged only 27 2/3 total frames since the start of the 2012 campaign because of various physical ailments.

  1. tfbuckfutter - May 5, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Anyone taking bets on this ending in TJ surgery?

  2. gloccamorra - May 5, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    It’s usually the forearm tightness that moves up to the elbow. This is biceps soreness, so it could move up to the rotator cuff too. Given how some of the players Billy Beane has traded recently are doing, I wonder if some GMs will be getting leery of making deals with him.

  3. 13yrsmlbvet - May 5, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Bailey hurt again? Nah. Can’t be. Dude can’t stay healthy at all.

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