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04/03/2012 - 6:23pm
Bailey to have surgery on thumb Wednesday

The Red Sox announced Tuesday that Andrew Bailey will undergo surgery to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb in Cleveland on Wednesday. The procedure is scheduled to be performed by Dr. Thomas Graham.

Bailey had been examined at the Cleveland Clinic Monday by Dr. Mark Belsky and Dr. Matthew Leibman in Boston, and Tuesday by Graham in Cleveland.

Such a procedure could mean the closer will be out as much as three months.

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04/03/2012 - 3:13pm
Source: Bailey injury believed to involve UCL

According to a major league source, the injury sustained by Andrew Bailey is believed to involve the UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) in the pitcher's thumb.

A UCL tear is commonly referred to as a "skier's thumb," as the injury can be incurred if a pole catches in snow and forces a thumb backward away from the other fingers. The injury results from a physical trauma, in this case, likely a collision that Bailey had in an exhibition game on March 21.

According to Dr. Bruce Leslie of Newton Wellesley Orthopediac Associates, there are three grades for a UCL injury. A Grade 1 does not need surgery and includes three weeks of immobility. A Grade 2 sometimes does not require surgery, but often ends up needing a procedure after the initial treatment isn't effective. A Grade 3, which does include surgery, has the patient coming back anywhere from 2-3 months, with a cast needed between 4-6 weeks.

"At this point in the season, the...

04/03/2012 - 2:06pm
Welker: No progress in contract talks

In New York to model the Patriots' new Nike uniforms on Tuesday, Wes Welker spoke to ESPN about his contract situation. The wideout was franchise tagged by the Patriots on March 5 and will be paid $9.5 million in 2012 if he signs the tender. Welker was asked if was comfortable with the franchise tag.

"Yeah, for sure," Welker said. "It will be half of what I made my whole contract this past [time] around. Not too bad."

As for a potential contract extension, Welker reported that no progress has been made.

"Not that I know of. The only progress that I know of is the same, as far as the franchise tag," Welker said.

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04/03/2012 - 1:45pm
Ray Allen practices after cortisone shot

WALTHAM -- Ray Allen practiced with the Celtics for the entire session on Tuesday, and barring a late setback, is expected to start Wednesday night against the Spurs at TD Garden. 

Allen has missed the last six games with an injured left ankle, suffered when he turned it late in the game against the Clippers on March 12 in Los Angeles. Allen said he had a cortisone shot on Sunday to help manage the discomfort and see if he could practice on Tuesday, which he did. 

"I felt good to be out on the floor," Allen said. "My legs felt great today. I had a shot in the ankle on game day the other day and had all day [Monday] for it to manuver through my body and coming into today, I felt like I had two new wheels."

Doc Rivers confirmed that if Allen is cleared to play on Wednesday, he will start and not come off the bench. The team is 5-1 in the six games without Allen and has won all five games wih Avery Bradley...

04/03/2012 - 1:01pm
Valentine: Bailey will be out 'a while'

Speaking to a group of reporters on Tuesday, Bobby Valentine said Andrew Bailey will be out "a while" and did confirm that both Bailey and Josh Beckett are in Cleveland to meet with Dr. Thomas Graham and receive second opinions on their injured right thumbs.

Valentine told reporters that he still expects Beckett to make his scheduled start Saturday in Detroit. 

As for who will take over the role of closer in Bailey's absence, Valentine said that one pitcher will take most of the save opportunities, instead of a potential closer by committee. He said he had not spoken to that pitcher yet about the role so he didn't reveal the name to the media on Tuesday.

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