Bailey: 'Everything going well as can be'

April, 13, 2012
4/13/12
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BOSTON -- Red Sox pitcher Andrew Bailey was walking around the clubhouse at Fenway Park on Friday morning with a cast on his right hand.

The closer had surgery on his right thumb earlier this month to repair a torn ligament and is hoping to be back later in the season.

“It’s getting better. I threw lefty today,” the right-handed Bailey said with a laugh. “Everything is going well as can be. It’s obviously frustrating and disappointing.”

He was smiling and jovial but he’s clearly disappointed that he’s not healthy to begin the season, especially with the home opener today at Fenway Park.

“Opening Day at Fenway is a special place to be,” he said. “I’m here so it’s going to be fun, but it’s not the same, obviously, but there will be many more moments I’ll cherish here, especially late in the season.”

He’ll begin his rehab once he’s able to have the stitches removed, which should be in a few days, he said. He should start to begin throwing at the eight-week mark of his strength and conditioning work, as long as he doesn’t suffer any setbacks.

“It’s been frustrating,” he said. “It’s going to be a good year here and I’m just thankful I’ll still be able to be a part of it. It might be a little later in the year than I wanted it to, but joining a new team this is not the foot you want to get off on.”

Since he’s been back in Boston for more than a week now, Bailey said he’s been exploring the city and has received a nice welcoming from the fans.

“It’s been cool, but it’s good to be around the guys again,” Bailey said.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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