Bittersweet first Fenway opener for Bailey

Bittersweet first Fenway opener for Bailey

BOSTON -- This would have been a day full of nervous excitement for new closer Andrew Bailey if only he was on the active roster.

Instead, the righty was limited to spectator status thanks to the right thumb surgery he had last week that will keep him out until at least July.

"Opening Day at Fenway is a special place to be," said Bailey. "I'm here, so I guess it will still be fun. But it's not the same, obviously. But there will be many more moments I'll cherish, I'm sure, especially late in the season."

Bailey has been able to get acclimated to Boston while the team was on the road for the last week, but he's glad to have some company again.

"Just explored Boston, which has been great," Bailey said. "The fans have all been actually very welcoming me while I've been walking around town, wishing me luck. So it's been cool. It's good to be back, around the guys again. It can get kind of boring, sitting by yourself or walking around town."