Sox slow Bailey down after setback

June, 23, 2012
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BOSTON -- Red Sox pitcher Andrew Bailey suffered a slight setback in his rehab throwing program and the team has decided to slow him down a bit for now.

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said the right-hander, who had thumb surgery during spring training, felt discomfort in his arm during his second bullpen session Friday.

"It didn't go perfectly," Valentine said. "We are going to let him rest a little before he gets back on the mound. His arm didn't free great throwing."

Valentine said he thought Bailey's rehab program has become accelerated a little bit.

"We've decided to slow it down," the manager said. "He was a little ahead of schedule throwing off the mound. His thumb is fine."

Valentine added that the next time Bailey throws it would be on flat ground.

"We're just slowing it down a little bit. It's nothing major," Bailey said. "I threw two 'pens and just felt like I needed to throw a couple more before we take the next step. I need to be confident in letting it loose before I go face hitters, so it's nothing urgent, just gonna take some more time. It's good."

According to Bailey, he plans on throwing again Monday and admitted he felt OK after Friday's bullpen session.

"I'm still progressing every day but we were kind of ahead of schedule," he said. "We've got a lot of season left, so there's no need to go out there (and rush) because I've got to help the team (when I'm) healthy and confident. That's what I've got to do."

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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