PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Andrew Bailey threw a scoreless inning of relief in the sixth inning of Triple A Pawtucket's 10-2 loss to the Syracuse Chiefs Wednesday night at McCoy Stadium.
It was Bailey's fourth rehab appearance since starting the season on the 60-day disabled list after undergoing right thumb surgery. It was his first, however, with the PawSox, after striking out six batters and allowing one run over three innings of work combined in one appearance at Double A Portland and with rookie Gulf Coast League Red Sox.
Wednesday night, Bailey submitted an efficient 1-2-3 inning on 11 pitches (8 strikes) in which he got the first batter to ground to first, the second to fly to center, and struck out the third batter.
"Yeah, it felt pretty good," Bailey said. "I kind of executed pitches the way I wanted to and definitely it's a step in the right direction."
Bailey was expected to throw back-to-back with another inning in Thursday afternoon's game against Syracuse, which he viewed as a significant milestone in his ongoing rehab.
Asked if he expected to throw one or two innings Thursday, Bailey said, "It's the first back-to-back, so I don't think I would go out there and throw two innings, so I'll probably throw just one and go from there."
Bailey said his encouraging results Wednesday was not likely to accelerate his timetable.
"I think it's important to stay this course," he said. "Evaluate how I feel [Thursday], and go out there and pitch and come in the next day and see how I feel. I don't think going out there and having a 1-2-3 inning really changes the course of anything.
"I think, for the most part, it's just off feel and getting through the little milestones and one of them is [pitching] back-to-back and so that's the next step."