Bailey to have thumb examined in Boston

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- After Sunday's 5-1 win over the Minnesota Twins, Valentine confirmed that reliever Andrew Bailey will leave the team and go to Boston to have his right thumb examined by doctors.

Bailey, who was acquired from the Oakland A's to replace Jonathan Papelbon as the Red Sox closer, has pitched just one inning in the past 10 games. Earlier this spring, Bailey was slowed by a lat injury.

Before the game, Valentine announced that Felix Doubront and Daniel Bard would fill the final two slots in the starting rotation, with Alfredo Aceves going to the bullpen.

In talking to reporters, Valentine indicated that Aceves would have greater value in the bullpen. Without mentioning names, Valentine said there "might be a health situation" that could result in a reliever being put on the disabled list. After the game, he confirmed that pitcher is Bailey.

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