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Surgery for Andrew Bailey; Clay Buchholz to see Dr. Andrews

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 21, 2013 05:25 PM

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There is, as usual, news on the medical front with the Red Sox.

Righthanded reliever Andrew Bailey has made the decision to have surgery on his shoulder. Mets team physician David Altchek will do the procedure on Wednesday in New York.

Bailey has a torn labrum and a torn capsule at the very least. The surgery will keep him out at least 12 months. Because Bailey is eligible for arbitration [for the last time], the Red Sox will have to decide whether to offer him a contract after the season.

Clay Buchholz, meanwhile, will be in Gulf Breeze, Fla., on Monday to be examined by Dr. James Andrews.

The Red Sox hope that Andrews will give Buchholz a clean bill of health and the assurance that pitching off the mound will not result in further injury. Buchholz has not pitched since June 8 because of shoulder and neck soreness.

"More than anything to get some verification and clarification through Dr. Andrews to put his mind at ease is probably as important as anything that he's dealing with from a physical standpoint," manager John Farrell said. "I think this is just a chance to get in front of him, for Andrews to examine him physically rather than just viewing MRI images. Until that exam takes place, that's where things are."

Buchholz seemed to be making progress during the team's West Coast road trip, right up until the last day when a bullpen session didn't go well. He then elected not to throw during the All-Star break

Buchholz has since said several times that he will not pitch until he feels 100 percent. He is concerned with the injury worsening.

When Buchholz was examined by team doctors on Friday, his arm strength and range of motion were normal. Farrell called the matter "puzzling" to the Sox.

"It's just in that repetitive movement he'll feel some restriction at some point through the throwing in the range of motion," Farrell said.

Also:

RHP Brandon Workman was officially named the starter for Monday.

LHP Jon Lester had what Farrell termed a "very good" 35-pitch bullpen session. He is scheduled to start on Tuesday.

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