Bullpen update: peeling off the band-aid

Andrew Bailey returning Monday will be like peeling off a band-aid and finding the wound has been healed.

It is the end of his stint on the 15 day disabled list and will also end the closer problem that the Red Sox have been dealing with.


He worked through a single inning for Triple A Pawtucket, striking out two, but gave up a homer and a double. He did this on 17 pitches with 13 coming in for strikes.

I don't know about you, but that's what I like to hear a closer doing, throwing strikes.

On a side note, the same game Andrew Bailey pitched in was started by Franklin Morales. It was not a good showing, with him giving up 5 runs over 4 innings on 3 hits, 3 walks, and 2 homers. He threw 65 pitches, 43 for strikes. He is trying to come back from a pectoral strain.

Red Sox Manager has stated that he wants to have him on at least one more start and try to stretch him out to 5 innings. He has yet to appear this year for the Red Sox and they are still not sure what the exact role for Franklin Morales will be, though they are still hanging in there to have him in a starting role.

Time will tell how that works out.

I think he needs to get through 4-5 innings in Triple A without giving up runs before you can really consider pushing him onto the mound at Fenway as a starter. Maybe a role in the bullpen will be more likely with the various troubles the Red Sox have had keeping their rotation healthy?

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