BALTIMORE -- Andrew Bailey's long quest to return from right thumb surgery became a reality on Tuesday, as the Red Sox activated the right-hander before Tuesday's game against the Orioles.
Though the Red Sox traded for Bailey with the idea he would become their closer, that won't happen at this point of the season. Expect Bailey to pitch during important situations with the game on the line while Alfredo Aceves continues to close.
"I'm just going to be ready when the phone rings," said Bailey, who walked one and struck one in the eighth inning of the Red Sox's 7-1 loss. "I have no expectations whatsoever. We're at a point in time where we've got to start winning ballgames, and everyone knows that. For me, it's just whenever he calls upon me, that's when I'll go out and pitch."
Manager Bobby Valentine is glad to have another viable right arm for the late innings.
"He's going to pitch in winning games hopefully," said Valentine. "Hopefully we'll have a lot of them, sometime after the seventh inning. I don't think he'll be closing the game as we speak."
Bailey was just eager to finally have the opportunity to pitch for his new team.
"I'm very excited," said Bailey. "It's been way too long. I'm just looking forward to getting out there and helping the guys win."
In his Minor League rehab assignment, Bailey posted a 1.42 ERA in six appearances.
"Everything felt good," Bailey said. "Cutter, curveball were fine, velocity was fine, the ball was coming out good. I was completely healthy, nothing bothered me. I'm just kind of antsy to get out there and pitch in the big leagues."