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Friday, 19 July 2013 22:42

Boston Red Sox pitcher Andrew Bailey facing possible surgery

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BOSTON—According to a report from Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com, Boston Red Sox pitcher Andrew Bailey was placed on the 15-day disabled list with what Red Sox manager John Farrell terms as “significant damage” to his right shoulder. As a result, Bailey is “weighing undergoing what would be season-ending surgery” according to Edes.

Pitching in his old team’s stomping grounds of Oakland against the Athletics last Friday, Bailey felt discomfort while striking out former Red Sox Jed Lowrie. He remained in the game, striking out eventual Home Run Derby champion Yoenis Cespedes, but continued to feel discomfort upon the team’s return to Boston.

On Monday, he was given an MRI and then traveled to New York on Tuesday to see Dr. David Altchek for a second opinion.  It was there that Altchek confirmed the results of damage to Bailey’s labrum and capsule, according to Farrell.

This season, the Voorhees, N.J. native has had a roller-coaster year. In 30 contests pitched, he tallied 12 walks in comparison to 30 strikeouts, notching a 3.77 ERA.  He also recorded eight saves, but blew five of them as well. In addition, his seven home runs given up rank him second among all Boston relievers.

In what has been a year of inconsistency for the bullpen, things may head in the wrong direction once more with this latest news about Bailey. If there in any positive to this, it is that despite the back-end pitching woes, the offense has managed to come through. The Red Sox can only hope that the trend will continue.