Barring setback, Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey will come off the disabled list on Monday. WEEI.com's Alex Speier reports that Bailey threw a simulated inning on Thursday and will make an appearance for Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday. As long as all goes well, Bailey will return to Boston's active roster in time for Monday evening's game against the White Sox.
Bailey, 28, has been sidelined since late April with a biceps strain. Although Bailey has been an outstanding reliever over the course of his five seasons in the majors -- 1.46 ERA and 5.00 K/BB ratio in 12 1/3 innings this season, 177 ERA+ for his career -- he's been on the disabled list four times.
The Red Sox are of course without closer Joel Hanrahan for the remainder of the season. Right-hander Junichi Tazawa is listed as Boston closer on most depth charts but it remains to be seen how manager John Farrell distributes the save opps after Bailey's return.