Andrew Bailey described his visit to Dr. James Andrews this week as "nerve-racking," but the outcome was welcome: The A's closer believes he'll resume throwing in a matter of days, rather than weeks.

Bailey said Thursday he felt a "ripping" feeling in his right elbow before he exited Monday's game, but it turns out to have been scar tissue tearing, not uncommon several months after surgery. Andrews did an elbow cleanup in September.

Bailey also has a forearm strain, which is why he'll take at least several days off. He will not throw until he is pain-free and there is no tightness. It might be difficult for him to be ready by Opening Night, but a return in early- to mid-April isn't out of the question.

Bailey said that Andrews, who also did his elbow ligament transplant six years ago, told him the ligament is sound. "Dr. Andrews is very optimistic about me this year, and my future," Bailey said.