The Red Sox placed closer Andrew Bailey on the 15-day disabled list Monday and activated lefthander Craig Breslow.
Bailey has experienced soreness in his right biceps and had an MRI. Bailey said the MRI showed inflammation but no structural damage, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell.
Joel Hanrahan will be the closer in his place, Farrell said.
Bailey was disappointed about going on the disabled list.
“Yeah, of course,” he said. “One of my personal goals, I’ve told you a thousand times, was to stay healthy. Obviously, a 15-day stint isn’t great, but it’s a little blip in the radar.
“Ultimately I’ll be back out there shortly, and we’ve still got a job to do, get to the playoffs and all that. So all of those goals stay the same. So for me it’s just getting that thing calmed down and I’ll be back out there.”
Farrell believes Bailey will miss about another week or so, since he is in his eighth day of shutting it down, and the DL assignment was backdated.
“Just shut it down, take care of the inflammation, do some work, extra work in the training room, just getting things moving properly,” said Bailey. “I just kind of felt something on one pitch. Just thankful I didn’t go out there and try and do something stupid or else I’d be out longer.”
Bailey is glad he had the MRI.
“Obviously as a player, that part of the body is very delicate, but I know now that it’s just a strain,” he said. “I guess it’s peace of mind but it’s something that really happened and we’re just going to find out answers. It is what we thought it was and we’ll just go from there.
“For me it’s hopefully just a couple of days of rest and hopefully get back and start throwing. Not too far away, hopefully. I know they can backdate it and all that stuff, so hopefully it’s not too long.”
Farrell said Breslow would be used in a variety of different ways.
“Not so much a specialist or a matchup,” Farrell said. “Obviously he’s had some success against lefthanders, but he’s also been a guy that takes almost a starter’s approach, shorter outings, and that’s what’s allowed him to be successful against righthanders as well.
“One thing, we’ve got a fresh arm in our bullpen, which given a lot of the usage of Junichi [Tazawa] and Koji [Uehara], hopefully will take some of the workload and the pressure off those two guys, but it won’t be just a straight-up matchup situation.”
Hanrahan feels he’s back on track after a hamstring injury derailed him. The injury, he said, threw off his mechanics.
“When you feel a pinch and grab at the front and back of your delivery,” it affects performance, he said.Nick Cafardo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @nickcafardo.