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"Yeah, I think so," Farrell said when asked if he has seen enough of Bailey in the ninth inning, "whether that’s backing him out of that to get him some work to get him on track a little more. What the internal options are, out of fairness to Andrew and others down there late in the game, we’ll talk more about that internally to make a potential change."
Regardless, the Red Sox have a full-blown closer crisis. Joel Hanrahan already is lost for the season after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery last month, and although Bailey insists he’s healthy — "I feel fine," he said before repeating, "I feel great" — the results since he returned from a two-week stint on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis tell another story.
Bailey’s fastball velocity has dipped from consistent 96-mph readings before the injury to only about 94 mph last night. As a result, he hasn’t been generating many swings and misses, especially on fastballs up in the zone. Instead, those pitches are being hit out of the ballpark with alarming regularity.