, Gloucester, MA

May 20, 2013

Crunch Time

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Bailey to be activated

The Red Sox are expecting to get their closer back today. The team is set to activate Andrew Bailey from the disabled list two days after a rehab assignment Saturday in Triple-A Pawtucket.

Bailey has been out since a bicep injury began hampering him on April 29. Since Bailey has been on the disabled list the Sox have used two other closers. Joel Hanrahan was the first to step in but Tommy John surgery has him out for the season. Junichi Tazawa has assumed the closer’s role and has not recorded a save.

Bailey has been very good in limited action this season sporting 1.46 ERA with five saves and 20 strikeouts.

Odd man out?

With the way Bruins young defensemen Torey Krug, Dougie Hamilton and Matt Bartkowski have been playing Bruins head coach Claude Julien will have a tough and important decision to make once the team’s regular blue liners, Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference, Wade Redden, return to the lineup.

All three replacements have played instrumental roles in the Bruins’ 2-0 lead over the Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, but it seems obvious that Hamilton should be the odd man out when the injured players return.

But who do you leave out next? Of the three Bartkowski has been the best in his own end but Krug has given the offense a huge spark with his puck handling abilities. Based on the last two games Bartkowski and Krug may be better options than a banged up Redden at this point. But if Seidenberg and Ference are both back the team will have no choice but to cut one loose from a roster spot. Whichever decision Julien makes will be highly publicized and probably controversial, and it just may play a role in the Bruins getting deeper into the playoffs.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru