Monday, June 11, 2012
Andrew Bailey Set to Start Throwing
The Red Sox this season have been dragged down by two things, almost in sync with each other. Bloated contracts and injuries. While the former is going nowhere this season, the latter situation appears to be improving in recent weeks as Boston is slowly getting its banged up soldiers ready for battle.
After Alfredo Aceves picked up his fourth loss of the season, in relief last night, today's news that Andrew Bailey is headed to Ft. Myers, Florida to begin throwing may be the most encouraging yet.
Though Boston's bullpen has proven to be a bit of a silver lining throughout the stretch they are in right now, there's no question a healthy Andrew Bailey will provide a boost in the late innings, where Aceves has often been erratic and inconsistent.
It's not yet clear how long it will be before Bailey starts a rehab assignment but Peter Gammons recently speculated that it would still be after the All-Star break. With the closer's injury history, it would be in the best interest of the Red Sox to allow him the proper time needed to get to Fenway, especially considering he should be in Boston until 2015 when he becomes a free agent.
It hasn't happened quickly and it's been frustrating to deal through, but the Red Sox are getting closer to full strength. That's when the real test will begin though, without the excuse that "we're banged up". Can the Sox play to their potential and win a date in October, or will be too late to make significant ground in the AL East, a competitive division that's only getting stronger? Let us know what you think by commenting and engaging with The Yawkey Report.