Right-handed reliever and New Jersey native Andrew Bailey has been on the comeback trail for quite some time after undergoing shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum in 2013.
After numerous setbacks, it appears that Bailey is finally on the verge of completing his comeback and returning to a major league mound.
On June 28th, he was moved up to AA Trenton Thunder and has looked sharp ever since, posting a 1.50 ERA while striking out seven and giving up one earned in six innings.
In his last two outings, Bailey finally looked like his old self, pitching on back-to-back days and recording two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out a pair in both appearances. This is certainly a step in the right direction for Bailey, who was originally shut down earlier this year after feeling soreness after pitching on back-to-back days down in Single-A Tampa.
"“He’s doing great,” Trenton pitching coach Jose Rosado told Roger Brown of the New Hampshire Union Leader. “He’s been able to bounce back very well, so I expect him to be able to continue to do what he loves to do and be able to go up there to the big leagues one day.”"
If all continues to go according to plan, the Yankees might have Andrew Bailey back in their bullpen when they regroup after the All-Star Break and gear up for the second half.
Bailey hasn’t pitched in the minor since 2013 when he was a member of the Boston Red Sox.
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