Andrew Bailey Injury: Red Sox Closer Cleared To Start Throwing Next Week, According To Report

Red Sox injured closer Andrew Bailey has reportedly been cleared to start throwing next week. Bailey had hand surgery in April which has kept him out the entire 2012 season.

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Andrew Bailey Injury Update: Red Sox Closer Cleared To Throw Starting Next Week, According To Report

Injured Boston Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey is getting closer to returning to the field. According to a report, Bailey has been cleared to resume throwing starting next week (via Scott Lauber's Twitter).

Bailey injured the ulnar collateral ligament of his right hand during Spring Training and needed surgery to repair it. The injury wasn't expected to end Bailey's season when it originally occurred in April. In any event, Bailey's total appearances have declined in each of his three MLB seasons.

Alfredo Aceves has been filling in at closer while Bailey has missed the entire season thus far. Aceves is 0-1 with a 5.74 ERA but has picked up seven saves in nine opportunities. For his career, Bailey has an ERA of 2.07 with 75 saves out of 84 opportunities.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more information on Bailey's recovery. For more Red Sox coverage visit our team page and blog, Over The Monster.

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Andrew Bailey Injury Update: Red Sox Closer Could Miss Months After Thumb Surgery

More: Valentine says Aceves will close

Boston Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey could be out for months following thumb surgery (via Red Sox).

Andrew Bailey will undergo surgery Wednesday in Cleveland to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb, and it's unknown how long the closer will be out of action.

Bailey was examined by Dr. Mark Belsky and Dr. Matthew Leibman in Boston on Monday and then saw Dr. Thomas Graham of the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday.

This won't cost Bailey his season, but as Baseball Nation points out, Bailey's appearances have declined each year he's been in the majors:

Just as a fun fact, here are Andrew Bailey's year-to-year major-league appearance totals:

2009: 68
2010: 47
2011: 42

The team is not sure when Bailey injured the thumb. While he is out the Red Sox could turn to Mark Melancon or Alfredo Aceves.

For more Red Sox Spring Training 2012 coverage, follow our StoryStream. Also visit our team page and blog, Over The Monster, as well as our baseball hub, Baseball Nation.

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