It was a rough week for the Boston Red Sox bullpen.
After losing intended closer Joel Hanrahan to season-ending surgery once an MRI showed his flexor tendon was torn off the bone, the Red Sox also lost backup closer Andrew Bailey to the disabled list with a sore right biceps muscle.
There was concern that Bailey would not be able to return once his time on the disabled list was up (and given his injury history, the cause for concern was heightened) but according to Red Sox skipper John Farrell, Bailey will be activated in 5-7 days.
Bailey is scheduled to throw a bullpen session today – this after making it through an extended long toss this past Sunday, so it appears the five year veteran will make it back without any setbacks.
Currently holding down the closer duties is reliever Junichi Tazawa but he has struggled in the role, giving up runs in both of his closing appearances, one of which resulted in a loss. It’s expected that Bailey will be handed the closing duties back once he’s activated.
The Red Sox, despite a handful of injuries in the bullpen, have weathered the storm well as they currently sit at 22-16, two games behind the New York Yankees in the American League East.