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Red Sox notes: Andrew Bailey will need some time; Will Middlebrooks not ‘in harm’s way’

05.11.13 at 2:16 pm ET
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With Joel Hanrahan out for the year, the depth of the Red Sox bullpen, naturally, has been depleted — all the more due to the fact that Andrew Bailey is on the disabled list due to a strained biceps. And now, it looks like Bailey’s stay on the DL will be, at the least, longer than the 15-day minimum.

The Red Sox anticipated that Bailey would long-toss to 120 feet on Saturday. The team will want him to continue his progression out to 150 feet, and then have him start throwing off a mound by “the early part of next week,” according to manager John Farrell.

Farrell said that Bailey will need to work at least in a simulated game before being activated from the disabled list, and it’s possible that he’ll need to pitch in a rehab game as well. All of that being the case, it seems that the Sox will be without the two-time All-Star until at least later next week. While Bailey is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on Monday (an off-day preceding the team’s three-game series in Tampa Bay), it would appear that the closer will not be ready to come off the DL for the start of the series against the Rays.

OTHER RED SOX NOTES

— It’s clear that Will Middlebrooks is playing in considerable discomfort given that, according to a source, he’s dealing with a separation of his ribs from the cartilage connecting them to the sternum. Farrell suggested that while his young third baseman is playing through pain, he’s not at risk of suffering a worse injury while remaining on the field.

“He feels it. It doesn’€™t hinder him in any way,” said Farrell. “I said I think he’€™s finding his way. He knows he’€™s not going to feel 100 percent physically every day, but the fact that there’€™s some discomfort in the ribs, we’€™re not putting him in harm’€™s way. That’€™s been clear to the medical staff.”

David Ortiz is now 0-for-16 with one walk in his last 17 plate appearances. His skid coincides with the publication of a Boston Globe column in which a reporter asked him if he was using performance-enhancing drugs.

“I can’€™t say the story has affected him in the result of what the last three days have been,” said Farrell.

Stephen Drew has been very solid for the Red Sox at shortstop thus far. He’s looked incredibly smooth while showing range to both his left and right, and the 30-year-old has been incredibly accurate with his throws. To date, he’s made just one error in 25 games.

In some ways, his defensive work has been to shortstop what his brother’s was to right field.

“We’€™re looking for a lot of similarities; same name, same number, same left-handed swing,” said Farrell. “They’€™re blessed with incredible talent. A good gene pool. They play effortlessly.”

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