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Red Sox activate Andrew Bailey from the disabled list

May 20, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

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As expected the Red Sox have activated Andrew Bailey from the disabled list after the right-hander missed the past three weeks with a strained biceps.

Before the injury Bailey had taken over as the Red Sox’s closer and he’ll almost surely reclaim ninth-inning duties right away.

Joel Hanrahan‘s season-ending elbow surgery means that Bailey doesn’t even have to look over his shoulder, although with a 2.41 career ERA pitching well has never been his problem. Staying off the disabled list is Bailey’s challenge.

  1. tfbuckfutter - May 20, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    So if all goes as usual, he’ll pitch 2 bad outings, back on the DL, and then TJ surgery.

  2. Detroit Michael - May 20, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Actually, with the prominent exception of 2012, Bailey has usually pitched well in between his DL stints.

    • tfbuckfutter - May 20, 2013 at 6:16 PM

      Red Sox m.o. is DL-bad game or two-DL-TJ.

  3. unclemosesgreen - May 21, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Spot on A.G. – my question is what do you make of the long-term back up to Bailey? Seems important given Bailey’s proven vulnerability to DL stints. M.P. speculated that Uehara may still be in the backup biz despite Tazawa’s temporary promotion by proclamation to closer. As an old pitching coach, I’m sure Farrell wouldn’t be beneath a confidence-raising ploy to boost Tazawa’s ego when he knew Bailey would be back soon.

  4. negaduck - May 21, 2013 at 5:10 AM

    not worth mentioning the corresponding roster move?

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