Bailey Makes First Rehab Appearance For Portland

August 6, 2012 12:00 AM
Bailey Makes First Rehab Appearance For Portland
" BOSTON (CBS) – Injured Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey made his first rehab appearance Sunday, as he makes his final steps in returning from right thumb surgery.

Bailey pitched a scoreless inning for Double-A Portland, allowing three hits while striking out two.

The right-hander took the mound in the seventh inning, throwing 16 of his 23 pitches for strikes in the SeaDogs 11-2 win over the Erie SeaWolves.

“Everything felt great; healthy,” Bailey said after the game. “It’s great to be in games where guys are competing and in front of fans, that kind of atmosphere. It was nice to get out in a ballgame that means something.”

“Not being able to perform is frustrating, but I know that I’m healthy now and there is still season left,” he said. “The whole season isn’t lost and all I can do is go out there and perform my best, help this team win ballgames and get to the playoffs.”

Bailey said when he returns to Boston, which will likely happen within the next couple weeks, he doesn’t expect to take the closer role from Alfredo Aceves "

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