Source: Bailey might need surgery

April, 3, 2012
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The Boston Red Sox thought they had Jonathan Papelbon's replacement in Andrew Bailey, but the closer might not be ready to step in for a while.

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Red Sox team doctors examined Bailey, and a team source told ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes that he expects the right-hander to have surgery on the injured thumb of his pitching hand. Bailey will get a second opinion from Dr. Robert Graham in Cleveland and could undergo a procedure later Tuesday if the doctor agrees with the diagnosis. It's not clear how long Bailey would be out if he needs surgery.

Red Sox starter Josh Beckett also will visit Graham on Tuesday to have the injured thumb on his pitching hand checked out, according to a FoxSports.com report. He saw Dr. Mark Bagg in San Antonio on Monday and wants another opinion to ease his mind.

The Red Sox have said Beckett will make his scheduled first start Saturday at Detroit.

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