Andrew Bailey missed a ton of time last year due to a thumb injury, missed three weeks earlier this year with a strained biceps and has found his way back to the DL Friday with a torn capsule and damage to the labrum that could lead to season ending surgery.
Bailey was less than reliable even when he was on the mound for the Boston Red Sox. In his time between DL stints, his ERA was a 5.51, and he lost the closers job. He had looked to be turning his season around recently though. He did not give up a single run in his 5.1 innings in July, and had even pitched well late in ball games.
Jose De La Torre has been called up to take Bailey’s roster spot in the bullpen. The 27-year-old De La Torre has seven career big league innings, all with the Red Sox this season, and has given up six runs in those seven innings. He has, however, been very successful at AAA. He has an ERA of just 1.74 and has proven he can eat innings out of the pen, having eaten 41.1 innings in just 24 games.
The Bailey injury will also raise the importance of dealing for a reliever before the deadline. One guy that has long been linked to the Red Sox is Chicago White Sox reliever Jesse Crain, but he is no picture of health either. Crain is actually still on the DL with shoulder soreness and isn’t expected back until late next week, meaning the relief pitcher the Red Sox have been most strongly linked to is yet another guy the Red Sox medical staff may get to know very well.
The Red Sox do have an excess of prospect arms in the system, and it is likely one or two of them end up being moved to add big league pitching depth. A guy who may be the best value to deal is Anthony Ranaudo. While he was less than impressive in the showcase circuit recently, his season stats have been very impressive. His stuff, however, is not in line with his stats. He projects as a back of the rotation guy, so if a team thinks he is more of a front of the rotation guy based on his stats this year, the Red Sox should jump on an opportunity to deal him.
Jose Contreras and Brandon Lyon have also been signed to minor league deals, and could end up helping out the Boston bullpen before long.