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Friday, July 20, 2012

Andrew Bailey Expected to Resume Rehab in Coming Days

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With Andrew Bailey expected to resume his rehab in the coming days, Boston hopes to get some of what Oakland did while the reliever was healthy.  Getty Images via @daylife)
According to, Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey is once again close to a minor league rehab assignment after throwing a 30-pitch bullpen session without any further setbacks. Bobby Valentine says the assignment should come in the next several days.

Bailey had started to progress recently before being shut down with discomfort in his throwing arm. At the time, the Red Sox said that the pitcher was progressing well ahead of schedule, so the setback was not a major concern.

Because Bailey is a reliever, his stint in the minors should be shorter than that of teammates Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury recently. If he does start rehab within the next few days, there's a chance he could be pitching in a big league game very early in August. That's of course if the injury-prone hurler avoids further complications.

Though Boston's bullpen has been a strong point most of the season, an extra productive arm is always needed. Especially if Bailey can get back to pitching the way he has while healthy in Oakland. We should soon find out if the Sox will get any return on the $3.9 million shelled out to him. To this point, he has earned exactly $0.00 of his paycheck.

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