*UPDATE* MASH Unit: Bailey's season likely over; Buchholz in limbo; Drew back Saturday; De La Torre recalled; Sox sign two arms
The Guru Contributing Writer
As the Red Sox prepare for the start of the Yankees series, bad news filtered through Fenway Park.
Andrew Bailey is injured and likely done for the season.
Manger John Farrell announced that Bailey has significant damage to the labrum and capsule in his shoulder. While Bailey is weighing options, it looks like season ending surgery.
Andrew Bailey said he hopes to decide very soon on surgery. He said that he's considering trying to rehab the shoulder first and possibly attempt a return this year. However, Bailey received three different opinions on the injury; all concurred that surgery is needed. Recovery time is about 12 months.
"The only way to fix this is surgery" Bailey told the media Friday. "Surgery is on the table, obviously."
Farrell said the injury occurred during Bailey's relief stint in Oakland last Friday.
It’s been a tough season for Bailey. He was on the DL earlier this season with a biceps strain. Since returning, Bailey has not pitched well posting a 5.51 ERA with eight walks and six home runs allowed over 16 1/3 innings.
The Clay Buchholz watch continues. Buchholz was supposed to throw a bullpen session on Thursday. It didn't happen. All the Red Sox can do now is wait.
Farrell said that Buchholz had his bullpen session scratched due to soreness after attempting to pick up the intensity in throwing from a mound during the last road trip.
“Over the past couple of days, [he] did not pick up a baseball,” Farrell said. “He shut down over the All-Star break. He’ll be re-examined here [Friday], at which time we’re hopeful that he would resume a throwing program."
With the pitching problems the Red Sox are facing, the team made a number of moves Friday. Pitcher Jose De La Torrewas recalled from Pawtucket. The team also announced it has signed right-handers Jose Contreras and Brandon Lyon to minor league contracts. Both pitchers were immediately assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Shortstop Stephen Drew will started a rehab assignment with Double A Portland last night with the Sea Dogs. Drew started at DH and will play shortstop on Friday. He's expected to rejoin the Red Sox on Saturday. Drew has not played since June 28 because of a hamstring strain.