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Andrew Bailey not expected to pitch for the Yankees this season

Aug 16, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

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The Yankees gave oft-injured reliever Andrew Bailey an incentive-laden minor league contract over the winter on the chance that he would be able to contribute in the bullpen before the end of this season, but it’s not going to work out that way.

According to Brendan Kuty of, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said today that Bailey has had “setbacks” after major shoulder surgery and is not expected to pitch in the majors this season. The 30-year-old underwent surgery last July to repair a torn labrum and a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder and was non-tendered by the Red Sox in December before latching on with the Yankees. The exact nature of the “setbacks” aren’t known.

Bailey has been an effective reliever when healthy during his career, so it was a worthwhile gamble for the Yankees, but anything they got out of him would have been considered a bonus given the serious nature of the surgery. The two-time All-Star has appeared in just 49 games since the start of 2012.

  1. 4grammarpolice - Aug 16, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Fans not expected to remember the Yankees had Andrew Bailey.

  2. shanabartels - Aug 16, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    As someone already commented, I follow the Yankees very closely and I had long since COMPLETELY forgotten about Andrew Bailey. So I’m not going to sweat this one.

  3. jkaflagg - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Rehabbing a veteran reliever can sometimes pay off (Joe Nathan, Joekim Soria) but can also fail (Bailey, Ryan Madsen, Joel Hanrahan, Jesse Crain)…..As long as a team knows they can’t count on the comeback being successful and have a little money to risk, it’s a decent investment – rangers got a couple of pretty good prospects from the Tigers for Soria.

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