With the Boston Globe reporting Tuesday that Boston Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey will likely need surgery on a right thumb injury, the Sox pitching lineup has been thrown into a state of flux once again.
Just two days after manager Bobby Valentine announced that Felix Doubront and Daniel Bard would be the team's fourth and fifth starters, that has to be in doubt now. If Bailey needs surgery, he will be out for multiple weeks, perhaps months, rather than the 15 days we thought earlier in the week.
So, who should replace him at the back end of the bullpen? Here we look at the most likely options.