Boston Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey is still seeking out a second opinion on his injured right thumb -- but citing multiple major league sources, the Boston Globe's Peter Abraham reports that Bailey has already been told he needs surgery.
Bailey was examined today by team doctors in Boston. Tomorrow he's scheduled to visit with Dr. Robert Graham, a hand specialist at the Cleveland Clinic. If Graham also recommends surgery, the Sox' hurler could go under the knife as soon as later that day.
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has been surprisingly cryptic about Bailey's injury and his status going forward.
“When a player is injured, I always am very concerned and always try to make alternative plans," the skipper said. "If he jumps right back in, then I’m pleasantly surprised. When guys are hurt, they’re hurt and he couldn’t pitch for a couple of days, you know?” Bailey posted 24 saves and a 3.24 ERA for the Oakland Athletics last season; he's a two-time American League All-Star at 27. The Red Sox acquired Bailey in a five-player trade on Dec. 28.