Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey will have reconstructive surgery on his right thumb Wednesday in Cleveland and will be out 3-4 months, the team announced Tuesday.

Bailey was examined by team doctors Monday in Boston, then by Dr. Thomas Graham Tuesday in Cleveland. Graham, who also operated on third baseman Kevin Youkilis's right thumb and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia's left thumb in 2010, is expected to perform the surgery.

When asked about Bailey's return, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said, "Oh, I don't think it'll be before the All-Star break is what the trainer told me.'' Managing a weary smile, Valentine added, "I don't know what All-Star break he was referring to. I didn't get specific with him.''

Valentine said he was not likely to name a closer before Opening Day Thursday in Detroit.