Manager Joe Girardi looks on at camp on Tuesday.
Tampa, Fla. -- After spending the 2014 campaign out of the Majors, former All-Star pitcher Andrew Bailey is hoping he can make an impact for the New York Yankees this year. Bailey last served as a closer for the Boston Red Sox in the 2013 season.
In 2013, Bailey held an ERA of 3.77 in his 30 appearances, while closing 17 games. The Bronx Bombers signed him to a Minor League contract in February 2014, but General Manager Brian Cashman made it clear at the time that it was more of an investment toward the 2015 season.
Bailey had surgery in July 2013 to repair a torn labrum and shoulder capsule.
"Everything feels great," Bailey said. "I'm with the team and doing everything as I would normally and if I need a little extra work here or there, that's fine, too. I'm here to compete and earn a spot."
"Compared to where he was last year to where he is, there's significant improvement," Manager Joe Girardi said. "I don't know exactly what we'll see as far as games, and his bullpens are a little more spread out than some of the other relievers, but that's on purpose right now. Our hope is that we can catch him up and keep him healthy."
New York declined a 2015 option on Bailey's contract, but he re-signed. Bailey insisted he was not interested in looking elsewhere.
"Knowing the long shot of me potentially pitching last year and having the respect to sign me, knowing what I went through, I give them a lot of credit," Bailey said. "It's awesome they gave me the shot, and I'm looking forward to a healthy season."