Bailey: 'I'm ready to go'

CHICAGO -- Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey, who was activated Monday after being out since April 28 with biceps tendinitis, said Monday he “feels as good today as I did day one” and looks forward to returning to closing for the Sox.

Bailey said he first experienced discomfort April 29, the day after facing the Astros in Fenway Park, and the Sox elected to shut him down at that time. He made a rehab appearance for Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday, giving up a couple of hits, including a home run, while striking out two.

“My fastball was there, curveball, slider, everything’s good,’’ he said. “To me, I’m ready to go.’’

Manager John Farrell plans to slide Bailey right back into the closer’s role, but has said he may protect Bailey from back-to-back usage, at least early on. Bailey said he doesn’t foresee pitching consecutive days being an issue.

Bailey returns with a 1-0 record, five saves and a 1.46 ERA in 13 appearances. To make room for him on the roster, the Sox optioned Jose De La Torre to Pawtucket.