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.