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Andrew Bailey to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery

Jul 22, 2013, 11:19 AM EST

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Making official what was expected, the Red Sox announced that Andrew Bailey will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn capsule and damaged labrum in his right shoulder.

Bailey actually entered the All-Star break on the active roster having thrown four consecutive scoreless appearances, but revealed that he felt a lot of pain during the last of those four outings and has been dealing with discomfort for a while now.

He initially gave some thought to going the rest-and-rehab route, but later explained: “The only way to fix this is surgery–100 percent fix it. This isn’t going to heal on its own.” Instead he’ll be out for at least the next 12 months.

Bailey was acquired from the A’s last offseason for Josh Reddick, Miles Head, and Raul Alcantara and brought an extensive injury history with him to Boston. Last year he was limited to just 15 ineffective innings because of a torn thumb ligament and this year his season ends after 29 innings. He’s under team control for next season via arbitration, but the Red Sox may decide to cut Bailey loose rather than pay him something close to this year’s $4.1 million salary.

  1. shaggylocks - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    I’d love to put together a roster of all the promising AAA/AAAA talent the Red Sox have given up over the last few years for disappointing relief pitchers.

    • rollinghighwayblues - Jul 22, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      Marco. Scutaro.

    • shaggylocks - Jul 22, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      Jed Lowrie. Josh Reddick. Coco Crisp (although Ramon Ramirez had some good Red Sox years in him).

  2. turdfurgerson68 - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Your roster won’t be that large or filled with much potential.

    Red Sox gave up C+ to B- talent (Pimenthal, Sands, etc.); no top tier prospects have been dealt since the Adrian Gonzalez trade.

    • Glenn - Jul 22, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      In addition to Reddick for Bailey, David Murphy for Eric Gagne was pretty bad. Melancon for Hanrahan has been an awful trade, too. I am sure that there are more.

      After getting Derek Lowe and Jason Veritek for Heathcliff Slocumb, I guess we were due for a few bad ones.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Jul 22, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        Reddick and Murphy are C+ players at best…some pop in their bads but awful avg. and obp. for both. No losses there whatsoever.

        Melachon was awful with the Sox; its evident he can’t handle pitching in the big markets. Besides, Hsnrahan was obviously hurt; lets see how he does next season before demonizing that trade too.

  3. turdfurgerson68 - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Another blow to the relief corps, no question.

    Fortunately the farm system is stocked full of top tier pitching prospects thanks to Theo and Ben

    Britton, Workman, De La Rosa, welcome to the 2013 AL pennant race.

  4. jcmeyer10 - Jul 22, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    I would like to see the Red Sox use their farm system to find a replacement. The Sox may not have the same luck as the Rays but there have to be a couple gems in there.

  5. nbjays - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Doom!

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