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Surgery for Bailey on Wednesday

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  April 3, 2012 06:16 PM

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This release from the Red Sox:

“Andrew Bailey was examined yesterday by Dr. Mark Belsky and Dr. Matthew Leibman in Boston and today by Dr. Thomas Graham in Cleveland. It was determined that Andrew should undergo surgery to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb. The surgery is scheduled to be performed by Dr. Graham tomorrow in Cleveland.”

Jarrod Saltamacchia had that surgery near the end of the 2010 season. The surgery typically takes 3-4 months of recovery time. Given that Bailey is a pitcher, it could be longer given that he would need time to rebuild his arm strength and regain his command.

"We won't use him until he's fully rehabilitated,'' Bobby Valentine said after the Red Sox ended spring training with an 8-7 victory against the Washington Nationals.

Asked how long he expected Bailey to be out of the lineup, Valentine replied, "Oh, I don't think it'll be before the All-Star break is what the trainer told me.''

Then, managing a weak smile, Valentine added, "I don't know what All-Star break he was referring to. I didn't get specific with him.''

No word yet if the Red Sox will name a closer before the start of the season or piece it together until something (or, more specifically, someone) becomes apparent.

Tuesday, Alfredo Aceves entered in the bottom of the eighth and the game tied, 7-7, and earned the win after he threw an inning of scoreless relief, striking out the last two batters he faced.

"The guys you’ve seen in the bullpen are going to hold down the fort, do their job and help us win a lot of games,'' Valentine said, when asked if he was close to naming a closer. "I think Aceves there at the end, you’ll see him at the end of games.[Mark] Melancon will be at the end of games, for sure."

Michael Vega of the Globe Staff contributed from Washington, D.C

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