06/30/09 10:17 PM ET
Bailey back with Boston once more
First baseman/outfielder called up to take Lowell's spot
By Jeff Seidel / Special to MLB.com
"I'm used to it by now," Bailey said with a smile. "I know the drill."
He certainly should -- this was the sixth time he was called up to the Majors. The 30-year-old first baseman/outfielder was summoned to fill the roster spot left open when third baseman Mike Lowell was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 28.
Bailey played in the Minors from 1997 until 2007 before getting his first callup. He was brought up three times last year, and now twice this season.
Manager Terry Francona put the right-handed-hitting Bailey into the starting lineup for Tuesday's game, playing first base and batting ninth. He walked in his first at-bat, in the second inning, and came around to score on Dustin Pedroia's double. He singled and scored again in the fourth, on a Kevin Youkilis double.
Bailey hadn't played first base in three weeks but said before the game that he would be ready. He seemed rather calm about the whole thing, standing in front of his locker, joking about the fact that his parents are vacationing in Branson, Mo., and how he didn't call everyone he knows to tell them about the callup.
After all, he's been through it before.
"I just put in a call to the folks, and that's about it," he said.
Entering Tuesday's game, Bailey was hitting .188 (13-for-69) with the Red Sox in 23 games, with three homers and nine RBIs. He was hitting .259 with seven homers and 13 RBIs for Triple-A Pawtucket when he received the call.
There's no question that the Red Sox like his attitude, and Bailey's personality has been noted by his teammates.
"He's an awesome guy," Pedroia said. "I think he knows his job when he comes up here. He's going to give you a great at-bat, and he's going to play good defense. He fits in great. Obviously his personality is great."
That personality keeps Bailey grounded in the up-and-down world of someone trying to make it in the Major Leagues. He knows what he has to do, now he just wants to go out and do it.
"I'm going to try and put up some numbers," he said.
Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.