Things didn't quite go as planned for Andrew Bailey in 2017, as the veteran right-hander tossed just four major-league innings all season due to recurring shoulder issues. He broke camp as part of the team's closer committee with Cam Bedrosian, but appeared in just three games (tossing three perfect frames) and didn't get an opportunity to close prior to landing on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation in early April. The 33-year-old finally returned to action in August, but another shoulder issue sent him right back to the DL after just one appearance. Bailey's fastball velocity continued to drop last season, and even if we chalk that up to his shoulder issues, it has gradually declined each year since 2013 (the last season he posted a K/9 above 9.0). The free agent is intent on pitching again in 2018, but Bailey will be a long shot to break camp with any sort of prominent role.
Bailey (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Thursday. The Angels needed to clear a roster spot after acquiring Brandon Phillips and did so by transferring Bailey over to the 60-day DL. Bailey, who was ruled out for the season Tuesday, battled shoulder issues throughout the 2017 season and only threw four innings in the majors.
Bailey (shoulder) has officially been ruled out for the remainder of 2017, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. This is an unfortunate development for Bailey, as the 33-year-old will end his season early after registering just four major-league innings due to a slew of shoulder issues. He's a free agent after this season, so Bailey will focus on getting healthy in an attempt to return to the majors in 2018.
Bailey was placed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury once again Monday night, Maria Guardado of MLB.com reports. Bailey was activated just nine days ago and made just one appearance before aggravating the shoulder injury that had limited him to just three appearances in April. The former closer has dealt with injuries over the last half decade, and particularly given the myriad setbacks he's encountered in 2017 alone, it's hard to imagine him returning to the Angels' bullpen this season.
Bailey made his first appearance since being activated off the 60-day DL, tossing a scoreless inning in a loss to the Nationals on Tuesday. Bailey has missed four months with shoulder inflammation, but he will look to re-establish himself in the final quarter of the season. The Angels' current closing situation is in turmoil, so there is potential for the former closer (95 career saves) to enter the mix at some point. The 33-year-old will first have to prove that he can handle himself in a middle-relief role -- and more importantly, stay healthy -- before getting serious consideration for save opportunities.
Bailey (shoulder) was activated from the 60-day DL on Saturday, Maria Guardado of MLB.com reports. It's been a long road back for Bailey -- he endured several setbacks in his recovery -- but he has returned to the active roster following a four-month absence. The Angels' ninth-inning situation is unsettled at the moment, and Bailey did save six games for Anaheim down the stretch last year, but it's difficult to imagine he will be in the mix to close right away.