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After a 1-2-3 inning Wednesday night for the PawSox, Andrew Bailey is scheduled to pitch Thursday afternoon against Syracuse, marking the first time this year Bailey will pitch in back-to-back days.
Wednesday morning Bailey was kind enough to answer some questions about his current rehab assignment.
It took Andrew Bailey a mere 11 pitches (eight strikes) to retire the side in order Wednesday night at McCoy Stadium in his first rehab appearance with the PawSox
The former American League All-Star and Rookie of the Year hit 94 mph twice with the second time coming on a swinging strike three to end the inning.
The Red Sox acquired Bailey, and his Oakland teammate Ryan Sweeney, on December 28, 2011 in exchange for outfielder Josh Reddick and minor leaguers Miles Head and Raul Alcantara. Bailey was the highlight of the deal from Boston’s perspective and was scheduled to be the Red Sox Opening Day closer, replacing the recently departed Jonathan Papelbon.
With the Red Sox bullpen in good shape, what role Bailey will have upon his arrival in Boston is a fair question.
“It’s not important if I close this year. I just want to help the team and achieve that goal of getting to the playoffs. Wherever they see fit is what I’m going to do,” Bailey told Pawtucket Times reporter, Brendan McGair (@BWMcGair03) after Wednesday’s outing.
“Obviously closing is what I love doing, but pitching in the big leagues is the ultimate goal.”
Bailey has been on the disabled list the entire season after damaging his thumb during a collision with Pittsburgh’s Alex Presley during a late Spring Training game. The injury required surgery to repair his ulnar collateral ligament.
Bailey is expected to pitch Thursday in the series finale against the Chiefs. If he does, it would mark the first time this season Bailey would pitch in back-to-back days.
Since it’s [insert day of the week here], that must mean the PawSox have some roster moves.
- Clayton Mortensen has been recalled to Boston for the fourth time.
- RHP Tony Pena Jr. has been placed on the seven-day disabled list (retro to August 6) with a left ankle sprain.
- RHP Steven Wright, acquired in the Lars Anderson deal with Cleveland, has been called-up from Double-A Portland.
- Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey has joined the PawSox as he continues a 30-day rehab assignment (thumb).
It wouldn’t be Father’s Day without baseball. With thousands of dads spending today at ballparks around the country with their sons and daughters, many throughout the game took a moment this morning to publicly wish a “Happy Father’s Day” on Twitter.
Although I strive to keep this blog nonpartisan, some people know that I’m a huge Mac user. Between my iPhone and MacBook pro, I’ve been a loyal Apple user for nearly ten years. Earlier this month, Fu Chunli, a resident of Qingdao, China, downloaded the 25 billionthapp through the Apple App Store. Her prize? A $10,000 iTunes gift card.
As you probably know from some of my recent posts, my broadcast partner Steve Hyder is currently in Ft. Myers for the rest of the week watching the final PawSox Spring Training games. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out his blog, Hyde’s Inside Pitch.
- It was easy to miss, but the regular season opener of the MLB season has come and gone. At around 6:00 this morning, the first pitch of the 2012 season was thrown – in Tokyo. That’s right, the Oakland Athletics were the “home” team facing off against the Seattle Mariners from the Tokyo Dome in Japan. The M’s edged the A’s in a 3-1, 11-inning affair. 44,227 of Japan’s biggest baseball fans were in attendance (126.1% capacity of the Tokyo Dome according to ESPN.com).
- Although he finished 0-for-4, it was great to see former PawSox and Red Sox outfielder Josh Reddick as Oakland’s Opening Day right fielder. Part of the Andrew Bailey deal, Reddick spent parts of three seasons (2009-11) here in Pawtucket where he hit .243 with 32 home runs and 107 RBIs in 184 games.
- Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reports that Daisuke Matsuzaka looked “impressive” in an intrasquad game against Red Sox minor leaguers this afternoon. Dice-K tossed the majority of two innings and looks to be ahead of his rehab schedule. The Sox have “indicated a June 1 return to the major league team is not out of the realm of possibility.” Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reported today via Twitter that Matsuzaka hit 92 mph while landing 18 of 22 pitches for strikes. The righty has been out indefinitely with a sprained elbow.
- Right-handed pitcher Aaron Cook has a good chance of starting the season here in Pawtucket. Mike Antonellis, the “Voice of the Portland Sea Dogs,” reported on Twitter that Cook allowed one run over five innings in a minor league game this afternoon. Cook has spent the past ten seasons with the Colorado Rockies and is the winningest pitcher in the history of Coors Field.
- If you’re crazy about professional soccer, or just want to see something unique, make sure you’re in Boston on July 25th. Fenway Sports Management announced today that Liverpool Football Club will play AS Roma at Fenway Park.
I’ll sign off today with some gratitude: as we approach the end of March, over 6,000 people have read 45 Miles From Fenway this month – an all-time high. By Opening Day on April 5th, this blog will have over 16,000 readers since it began on January 3rd. I really appreciate your readership, support, and feedback!
After some minor technical issues, our PawSox Insider podcast page on iTunes has been fully updated and now has the two most recent episodes of the show.
PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler joined us to talk about Spring Training, his early observations of JetBlue Park, and what it ‘s like working with Bobby Valentine. Joe Castiglione, the long-time “Voice of the Red Sox,” spoke to us from Ft. Myers and talked about his excitement for the upcoming season. In the final segment, Alex Speier, Red Sox reporter for WEEI.com, talked with Steve and me about Valentine, Andrew Bailey, Jose Iglesias, and what he watching for in 2012.
Episode 3 Summary
Ryan Kalish phoned in from Spring Training in Ft. Myers and talked about how his rehab from shoulder and neck surgery is coming along. In the third segment of the show, Ben Crockett, the Red Sox Director of Player Development, chatted about how he’s transitioning into his new job and what his day-to-day is like during Spring Training. To wrap up the show, Brian MacPherson, the Red Sox beat writer for the Providence Journal, talked about his recent visit to Spring Training and what he feels are the most interesting storylines to keep an eye on entering the 2012 Red Sox season.
Thanks for listening to the show; we’re really excited to now have it on iTunes. As always, if you ever have any ideas or suggestions for the program, don’t hesitate to let me know.