Baseball: Former A's closer Andrew Bailey will open season for Red Sox on the DL

Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey will undergo surgery to repair the UCL in his right thumb, keeping him out of action for at least the first half of the season.

WASHINGTON — Boston Red Sox right-handers Josh Beckett and Andrew Bailey received second opinions on right thumb injuries Tuesday. Beckett is expected to be OK and start Saturday against the Tigers, but Bailey — the team's closer — will have surgery

WASHINGTON — The fortunes of the Boston Red Sox pitching staff took a detour Tuesday through Cleveland, where ace Josh Beckett and closer Andrew Bailey were both having second opinions on thumb injuries. Beckett is

Charles Krupa/Associated Press Closer Andrew Bailey was told he needs surgery on his right thumb, the Boston Globe reported. Bailey was examined in Boston on Monday, and Valentine said the right-hander would receive a second opinion today.

It just won't be Andrew Bailey. The Red Sox announced Tuesday that Bailey will have surgery on his right thumb, likely ruling him out for most of the season. "I don't think it will be before the All-Star break — is what the trainer told me," manager