Andrew Bailey doesn't even have a Red Sox photo in our database. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
It's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to the end of Red Sox injuries and the start of good health on this team, but there's been progress made in that regard as of late. (Assuming you discount the fact that Rich Hill is now on the disabled list, anyway.) Andrew Bailey is headed to Fort Myers, and Jason Repko is set to begin his rehab with the Greenville Drive.
Bailey underwent surgery on the ulnar collateral ligament in his thumb after a spring training collision ended his chances of starting the year with the club. Very little has been heard about his condition since, but it wasn't expected he would return until around the All-Star break, if not a little later. Word now is that he's headed to Fort Myers to begin throwing, though, and as solid as Boston's bullpen has been sans Bailey, it certainly will be better with the right-hander who has a career 2.07 ERA and 3.6 K/BB included in the mix.
As for Repko, it's somewhat surprising that he was never placed on the 60-day disabled list when the Red Sox needed a roster spot, given he has been out since April 23 with a right shoulder sprain, but that was rectified this past weekend. With Darnell McDonald back in the mix, Cody Ross possibly back by the time the next home stand begins, and Ryan Kalish tearing up the minors on his rehab assignment, Repko might not be as necessary as he felt in the weeks after Jacoby Ellsbury suffered his own shoulder injury.
It will be interesting to see if the Sox hold on to Repko very long, insofar as keeping him on the 40-man roster goes -- his placement on the 60-day DL keeps him off of there for now. Whether he's with the club for the rest of the year, or just remaining on the roster until they see, for instance, how Ross's foot is healing, is something we don't know just yet.