Bailey exits game with right elbow soreness

A’s closer Andrew Bailey, making just his second Cactus League
appearance, exited Monday’s contest with one out in the seventh inning after grabbing his
elbow in pain

following a
pitch to Cleveland’s Ezequiel Carrera.

Bailey was
immediately tended to by the team’s head trainer and was not available to speak
to media. Rather, the A’s simply said he left with elbow soreness and that more
information would come following the game.

The
26-year-old reliever was shut down two weeks before the end of the 2010
campaign to undergo cleanup surgery on his previously repaired right elbow. Bailey
underwent Tommy John surgery while in college.

The 2009 American League Rookie of the Year and two-time
All-Star was brought along slowly this spring and made his debut on Thursday,
when he struck out two Royals opponents and retired the side in order.

Bailey’s
late-season elbow injury last year marked his second time being sidelined in
2010, as he missed nearly a month while stationed on the disabled list with a
right intercostal strain beginning in late July. Both setbacks meant he was not
afforded the chance to match or surpass his save total of 26 garnered in his
rookie season. Yet, he still managed to compile a 1.47 ERA, 25 saves and a 0.96
WHIP in 47 appearances.

In the event
Bailey is not ready by Opening Day, the A’s are likely to turn to lefty Brian
Fuentes, an offseason pickup with several years’ worth of closer experience
under his belt.

1 Comment

Thank god for depth. I hope Bailey’s injury isn’t terribly serious and misses a minimum amount of time.

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