BOSTON (CBS) – It looks like the Red Sox are trying to get a two-for-one deal from a hand specialist in Cleveland.
Closer Andrew Bailey was already scheduled to see Dr. Robert Graham, a hand specialist at the Cleveland Clinic, on Tuesday and will now reportedly have a friend along for the trip.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting Josh Beckett will also get his thumb looked at by Dr. Graham, according to major-league sources.
Beckett was in San Antonio Monday to see a hand specialist as well, with Tuesday’s trip an extension of his “peace of mind” tour of doctors.
The Red Sox are still expecting Beckett to start their second game of the season Saturday in Detroit.
Beckett told WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche late Tuesday that he had no concerns and will be OK to make the start on Saturday.
Bailey on the other hand is likely looking at surgery and a lengthy stint on the disabled list. On Monday, team doctors in Boston determined the new Sox closer will require surgery, according to the Boston Globe.
After receiving a second opinion from Graham, the team will decide what the next step will be with Bailey.
Mark Melancon is the likely replacement for Bailey to close out games for Boston.