Andrew Bailey Making Progress In Return From Injury

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Andrew Bailey To Throw Simulated Game Tuesday

Oakland Athletics closer Andrew Bailey is continuing his return from an elbow strain, and according to the Mercury News, he will throw a simulated game on Tuesday. Bailey has already thrown a bit while recovering, but not in a simulated game setting.

Pitching injuries are usually things you find out about after the fact -- a pitcher calls a trainer out to the mound, they both walk off, and then there's news of an MRI the next day. In Bailey's case, though, he was already experiencing some elbow tightness early in the Cactus League, and then he crumpled to the ground and held his elbow after throwing a pitch. That prologue usually doesn't precede a happy story.

After a visit to Dr. James Andrews, though, there was some good news, and it looks like Bailey is on track to rejoin the A's at some point in the first half of this season. Brian Fuentes has picked up most of the saves in Bailey's absence, and he's been steady except for a couple of hiccups. Further, Oakland's 2.70 relief ERA ranks second in the American League. So while the A's will obviously welcome Bailey back when he's ready, to this point he's not been missed much.

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Andrew Bailey Injury Diagnosed As Strained Forearm

When closer Andrew Bailey had to leave a game on Monday with an injury, the Oakland A's were holding their breath. Bailey has had Tommy John surgery in the past and he ended the 2010 season having an elbow operation, so to see him leave holding his arm was more than a little troubling.

Bailey went to see the famous Dr. James Andrews for an examination. Bailey went in complaining of elbow discomfort and forearm tightness, and everyone was afraid that he might have to go back under the knife. But the results? The results are good news. According to a press release sent out by the team, Bailey has been diagnosed with a strained forearm.

A strained forearm, and that's it. No major damage. No swelling. Bailey won't have to undergo surgery again after all, and he may resume working out with the team once more once he's asymptomatic. There's no timetable on his return, and he may not be ready by Opening Day, but this injury shouldn't sideline him for too long. Bailey and the A's have dodged a bullet.

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Andrew Bailey To Have Injury Examined By James Andrews

Earlier Monday, Oakland A's closer Andrew Bailey had to leave a Spring Training game with an arm injury. Nobody was saying much afterwards, aside from the team's official statement that he had elbow discomfort, but now we've got a little more information.

A's manager Bob Geren characterized it as forearm tightness. Reached by text, Bailey then said that he has both elbow discomfort and forearm tightness. And on Tuesday, he's going to visit with the famed Dr. James Andrews for an examination.

Andrews, one notes, performed Bailey's Tommy John surgery way back in 2005, and visits to his office seldom have a happy ending. But Bailey says that he doesn't feel now the way he did back when he tore his elbow ligament, so that's a good sign. Still, one has to be concerned. Bailey has a history, and pitchers with histories have a tendency to keep writing new chapters.

We should know a lot more on Tuesday or Wednesday.

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Andrew Bailey Leaves Game With Elbow Injury

The Oakland A's are looking to take down the Texas Rangers and win the AL West this season, but on Monday afternoon they've been given quite the scare. Working against the Indians, closer Andrew Bailey had to depart after throwing a pitch and holding his elbow.

This is particularly worrisome because Bailey's 2010 season came to an early end when he had some loose bodies removed from that same elbow. It's possible he could have torn some scar tissue on Monday, but it's also possible he's done something much worse, and right now nobody is saying much. He did have Tommy John surgery in 2005. The A's have given official word that Bailey left with "elbow discomfort," but Bailey is not talking to the media as he awaits examination.

The hope is that Bailey will be just fine, but he may not be ready by Opening Day, and this could end up being something severe. For however long Bailey is out, Brian Fuentes will assume the closing duties, with support from several other capable relievers. Oakland does have a deep bullpen. But Bailey is its most talented member, so the A's will be wishing hard that everything turns out okay.

We'll keep you updated on the story. For more on Bailey and the A's, be sure to check out Athletics Nation.

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