According to a major league source, Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey is dealing with right thumb soreness that could result in a season-opening stint on the disabled list. The Red Sox are still gathering information on the injury as they determine how to proceed with the pitcher.
UPDATE: Bailey, who was in the Red Sox dugout during Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins, will fly to Boston on Monday to have his thumb examined. The Red Sox, manager Bobby Valentine told reporters, do not know how the pitcher incurred the injury.
The right-hander has pitched in six Grapefruit League games this spring, most recently on March 25, allowing three runs in six innings while striking out seven and walking two. He most recently pitched in a competitive environment on March 28, logging 1 2/3 innings in a minor league game. At that time, Bailey told reporters he was "ready to roll" for the April 5 season opener in Detroit, but he also suggested that he expected to get two more appearances in the exhibition season. The thumb injury has prevented the right-hander from doing so.
Because Bailey has not pitched in any Grapefruit League games since March 25, a season-opening stint on the 15-day disabled list could be backdated as far as March 26, with the possibility of activation from the DL as early as April 10.
Bailey, 27, has dealt with a host of injuries in his young career, averaging just under 45 games and just over 45 innings in the last two seasons with the A's. He also was sidelined at the start of Grapefruit League action while recovering from what was deemed a mild lat strain incurred on a vertical jump test during the team physical.
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