A's closer Andrew Bailey, who is out with a right forearm strain, threw a 35-pitch bullpen session Saturday afternoon in Seattle and may only need one more session before being cleared to face live hitters.

"It comes out like rockets, you know?" said A's pitching coach Ron Romanick. "He wants to be in the game, but he has to go through the process."

That process includes another three-day cycle that involves a simple round of catch, long toss and, ultimately, another bullpen session. At the end of that sequence, the club will decide if the right-hander is ready to throw to hitters and undergo a Minor League rehab stint.