The A's have reinstated Andrew Bailey from the DL, as we expected when we saw Bobby Cramer packing up his locker last night. Bailey, the two-time All-Star closer, is not quite ready to plunge straight into the closer role, and manager Bob Geren said he'll get Bailey into some non-save situations first. I'd think that if Bailey is pretty sharp a time or two, he gets back in the ninth fairly quickly.

"Hopefully, I'll be back in the closer role real soon," Bailey said.

"When he's ready to assume the closer role, I'll give it back to him," Geren said.