Here’s some positive health news out of Boston.
According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, right-hander Andrew Bailey was given clearance by a specialist on Wednesday to begin a rehabilitative throwing program next week.
Bailey has been sidelined since the final week of spring training with a damaged ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb. That injury eventually required surgery, which came with a recovery timetable of 3-4 months.
If all goes well, Bailey should be ready to join the back end of the Boston ‘pen before the All-Star break.
The 27-year-old closer owns a sparkling 2.07 career ERA and 0.95 career WHIP in 174 big-league innings.