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Andrew Bailey sidelined by biceps soreness

05.02.13 at 10:53 pm ET
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Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey was unavailable on Thursday. (AP)

Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters in Toronto that closer Andrew Bailey was unavailable for the ninth inning of Thursday night’s 3-1 victory over the Blue Jays due to biceps soreness. As a result, Joel Hanrahan — who ceded the job of closer to Bailey when he returned from the DL this week — ended up closing out the contest.

“Andrew was not available. Obviously, Joel closed out tonight’s ballgame. But [Bailey has] felt some discomfort in the bicep. He got on the mound a little bit before the game yesterday and felt the discomfort. Was still there today, so he was unavailable,” Farrell told reporters.

Asked if there was concern that the issue might sideline Bailey for more than a couple of days, Farrell was optimistic.

“Hopefully not,” the manager told reporters. “He was able to put a ball in his hands, but it didn’t feel right, as he said, so we’re not going to take any chances with that, particularly with Joel being back healthy, but the most important thing is, this is a good series win.”

Bailey, who is 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA, five saves and 20 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings this year, suggested that the biceps issue did not represent a significant concern.

“You know, it’s early,” Bailey told reporters. “Just kind of felt a little something last time I pitched and we’re just being very precautious with it. We got a lot of guys down there that can do a lot of different jobs. They want to be smart about it and take the extra time. Shouldn’t be more than a couple of days.

“[The injury is] minor, nothing crazy,” he added. “Like I said, they just want to get out in front of it and be smart about it.”

Bailey said he felt the issue in his last appearance in a game, and that it remained present during his attempted bullpen session, leading to the team’s conservative approach with his usage.

For his part, Hanrahan — who recorded the 100th save of his career — suggested that he did not relish the idea of reclaiming the closer’s role solely due to the fact that his teammate has a physical issue.

“I didn’t really like the situation that called for that, but we’re a better team when Bailey and I are both healthy. Hopefully he’ll only be down for a day or two,” Hanrahan told reporters. “I was just trying to do my part and do whatever’s best for the team and try to help out.”

Still, after spending the past couple of weeks on the disabled list while recovering from a sore hamstring that rendered him ineffective prior to his stint in the sidelines, Hanrahan did take some satisfaction in making a meaningful contribution to a victory.

“It’s nice to finally feel like a part of it again. It’s tough anytime you’re out for 15 days. The way things went before I went on the DL wasn’t very good, either,” Hanrahan told reporters. “It’s nice to be part of a victory and be back and high-five with the guys.”

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