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Red Sox Reliever Bailey to Have Reconstructive Thumb Surgery

April 03, 2012

Red Sox relief pitcher Andrew Bailey, obtained by Boston in December from the Oakland Athletics, will have reconstructive surgery on a ligament in his right thumb.

The Red Sox said in an e-mailed statement that the surgery is scheduled for tomorrow. The team did not say when Bailey, a right-hander, is expected to return.

Bailey, 27, a two-time All-Star, had 75 saves in his three seasons with Oakland. Bailey converted 24 of his 26 save opportunities in 2011, a 92.3 percent success rate that was second highest in the American League.

The Red Sox got Bailey as part of a five-player trade to fill the hole left in their bullpen by the departure of Jonathan Papelbon, who signed with the Philadelphia Phillies as a free agent.

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