Closer Andrew Bailey said Tuesday that his surgically repaired right elbow feels good and that he's confident he'll be ready for opening day.

Bailey was shut down in September to have three bone chips and three bone spurs removed. He and the A's labeled it a precautionary procedure, but when a two-time All-Star closer has any type of elbow surgery, it raises concern.

A's manager Bob Geren expressed no doubt Bailey would be ready for April 1 against the Seattle Mariners after Bailey threw his first bullpen session Monday since his surgery.

New A's pitching coach Ron Romanick has Bailey on a conservative throwing program, and Bailey said he might miss the first week of exhibitions to be safe.

His condition was a bright spot for the A's as they prepare to hold their first official workout of 2011 on Wednesday morning.

Bailey drew praise from Geren for another aspect of his physical state. He shed 15 pounds over the winter, dropping to 235.

"It's all about eating right and maintaining it," Bailey said. "If I can stick around 235 for the season, that's where I want to be."