Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey could be out 'a while' with thumb injury

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.

Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey, whose injured right thumb was examined in Boston on Monday, will seek a second opinion on Tuesday, manager Bobby Valentine told reporters in Fort Myers. Bailey, according to a major league source, will see Dr. Thomas

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

By Matt Brooks Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey will likely need surgery on his right thumb. (Steve Nesius – REUTERS) The final days before the 2012 season begins are starting to feel like a thumb in the eye for the Boston Red Sox.

A healthy Andrew Bailey would be best, but the Red Sox have plenty of alternatives and depth to get them by.