After being sidelined for a lateral injury through most of Spring Training, Andrew Bailey looks to be ready for some Spring Training exhibition games.
Just prior to tonight's game with the Minnesota Twins, Red Sox pitching coach Bob McClure told WEEI.com that the new Red Sox closer is expected to get some action in on Thursday, when the team travels to Jupiter, Florida to face the world champion St. Louis Cardinals. Bailey is expected to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday.
Bailey traditionally has done well in Spring exhibition play. In 2009, Bailey allowed only one run through 13.3 innings and allowed just one run over six innings in 2010 while with the Oakland Athletics. Bailey was limited to just two outings during the Spring due to injury. Baring any setbacks, Bailey is expected to have seven appearances this Spring before the start of the regular season.
The acquisition of Bailey was one of many moves done by Red Sox GM Ben Cherington this offseason in efforts to try and restructure the bullpen. Bailey is expected to pick up the closing duties for the departing Jonathan Papelbon while freshly acquired Mark Melancon is expected to be the set up man for Daniel Bard, who is now in the rotation.