ARLINGTON, Texas — Red Sox manager John Farrell said before batting practice that Andrew Bailey was available tonight. But that changed after Bailey went through his pre-game routine and still felt sore.
Bailey has not pitched since Sunday because of a sore bicep.
GM Ben Cherington said that Bailey did not re-injure himself. It’s lingering soreness.
Farrell was non-committal when asked whether tefthanded reliever Craig Breslow would be activated on Monday. Breslow pitched a perfect inning for Triple A Pawtucket against Durham. He struck out one and threw nine pitches, six for strikes.
“Getting closer,” Farrell said. “Certainly we’ll review that internally and determine if that’s when we return immediately on the homestand or if there’s a need for an additional [rehab] appearance. But the most important thing is with each outing he’s gotten more crisp with all his pitches and moving in the right direction.”
The Red Sox have been operating with one lefty reliever, Andrew Miller, all season. The return of Breslow will allow Farrell to matchup earlier in games.
The Sox like what they have seen from rookie righthander Alex Wilson in eight appearances (9.1 IP, 2 ER) but he would probably he optioned to make room for Breslow when the time comes.
• Infielder Pedro Ciriaco, who plays second base, third base and shortstop, was working on the field at first base with coaches Brian Butterfield and Torey Lovullo before the game. The Sox are getting him ready in the event of an extra-inning game.
• The fourth annual Run-Walk To Home Base raised $1.8 million on Saturday for the clinical care of veterans and their families at Massachusetts General Hospital. The event started and ended at Fenway Park.
NESN’s Tom Caron covered the nine-kilometer course in 48:56. Jenny Dell finished in 56:19.