Andrew Bailey was disappointed to end last season on the disabled list, and now it looks as if the A's two-time All-Star might open the season on the DL, making Brian Fuentes the potential closer come April 1.
Bailey appeared to hurt his twice-surgically repaired right elbow while throwing a pitch to Cleveland's Ezequiel Carrera in the seventh inning on Monday. Bailey sat on the mound as trainer Nick Paparesta examined him, then came off the field holding his elbow, which is never a good sign.
"All I know is that, being that I've had Tommy John surgery before, it didn't feel the same," Bailey said in a text message. "But obviously that's what I thought when I felt it."
Bailey said he will travel to Alabama today to consult Dr. James Andrews, who performed his September surgery. The team announced the injury as "elbow discomfort," and manager Bob Geren described it as forearm tightness. Bailey clarified that he felt both of those problems, which also is not a good sign.
A's general manager Billy Beane said he preferred not to comment until more information is available.
One of the reasons the A's spent extra money on relievers this past winter was that the bullpen was thinned by injuries toward the end of last season, including Bailey's elbow discomfort. He had elbow surgery in late September.
Andrew Bailey exits with elbow injury
San Francisco Chronicle | Mar 15