Yankees News: Andrew Bailey Shut Down


The bad news for the New York Yankees doesn’t end with Masahiro Tanaka.

New Jersey native and former two-time american league all-star Andrew Bailey has suffered a set-back in his recovery, and according to Brian Cashman, he’s going to be sidelined for a while.

Bailey originally felt the discomfort in his shoulder over the weekend, and after an MRI, it was revealed that he had a shoulder strain on his pitching arm.

The 30-year-old was on track to make his first major league appearance since 2013, when a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder required season-ending surgery, and boy would he have made a wonderful addition to the Yankees dominant bullpen.

He signed a minor league deal with the Yankees prior to the 2014 season, and after rehabbing the entire season, he posted some decent numbers during spring training in 2015, going 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and seven strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched. He had a shot at making the Yankees roster on Opening Day, but the team elected to keep him pitching down in the warm weather of Florida until he was ready to pitch on back-to-back days rest like he would in the Bronx.

However, after actually pitching on back-to-back days for the first time in his recovery, the quick turnaround is potentially what led to this setback.

He threw on Friday the 24th and again on Saturday the 25th for Single-A Tampa, and then reported his shoulder discomfort. Prior to this setback, he was pitching relatively well down in the Florida State League, going 2-0 with a 5.40 ERA and seven strikeouts in 5.0 innings pitched.

We’ll have to monitor this situation closely going forward.

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