Phoenix -- Andrew Bailey, the Oakland A's two-time All-Star closer, was diagnosed with a strained right forearm by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. earlier today. Bailey experienced no swelling and can resume throwing when asymptomatic.
" Any time a pitcher comes out of a game like Andrew did, you hold your breath," said A's Vice President and General Manager Billy Beane. "While there is no timetable on his return, this is welcome news."
Bailey, who has posted 51 saves and a 1.70 ERA over his first two major league seasons, left in the seventh inning of today's Cactus League game against the Cleveland Indians in Goodyear, Ariz. when he felt discomfort in his elbow on a pitch to Ezequiel Carrerra.