Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Boston Red Sox pitcher Andrew Bailey may be
sidelined for the remainder of the season thanks to a continuously troubling
On Friday, the Boston Herald reported that Sox manager John Farrell said
Bailey suffered "fairly significant" damage to the labrum of his right
shoulder during his last outing last weekend at Oakland.
"There's a capsule tear, and there's some damage to the labrum," Bailey
himself added in a media session prior to the start of a three-game series
with the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. "I felt it on a pitch to Jed
Lowrie, on a 1-2 fastball away. I stayed in the game...but it just didn't feel
right. We're trying to see what our options are before surgery. It's very
frustrating. I've been kind of grinding through stuff all year, and I'm trying
to gather as much information as I can."
Bailey was seen by orthopedist Dr. David Altcheck in New York on Monday, who
agreed with Red Sox medical staff as to the severity of the injury. If surgery
is determined as the best option, the right-hander's season would be over.
The 29-year-old New Jersey native has gone 3-1 with a 3.77 earned run average
in 30 appearances for Boston thus far in 2013. If he is lost for the duration,
that makes three members of the Red Sox bullpen lost for the year, along with
original closer Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Miller.
Sox general manager Ben Cherington chimed in on the situation, saying, "It
likely does make it more challenging but it doesn't change the job," of trying
to find a suitable replacement for the AL East leaders.
Boston returns from the All-Star break 2 1/2 games in front of second-place
Tampa Bay and six games ahead of the fourth-place Yankees.
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