Thumb surgery for Andrew Bailey

Boston Red Sox player Andrew Bailey will miss out on his duties as closer because he is set for thumb surgery.

This surgery, for his right thumb, is likely to force him to miss out most of this season. The surgery, however, is necessary to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament. It is set to be performed Wednesday.

“I don’t think it will be before the All-Star break—is what the trainer told me,” manager Bobby Valentine said in response to questions on Bailey’s return.

Valentine is unsure how Bailey was injured. He thought it was during the March 21 game against Pittsburgh, but Valentine did not know about it until Friday.

“When I talked to him before he left, he was unknowing,” Valentine said. “He felt a little something. There really wasn’t a defining moment, in the last conversation I had with him.”

Options to take Bailey’s place in the interim are Mark Melancon and Alfredo Aceves.

Melancon may be the more likely contender to replace Bailey. He made 71 appearances for the Houston Astros last season, earning 20 saves in 25 tries and posting a 2.78 ERA.

“I’d like to think of it as we’ll have a plan where there’ll be a person that we’ll have designated for that role with others who can do it when he’s not available,” Valentine said, “if it all falls in line perfectly.”

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