Oakland's bullpen had some good developments on the team's last day in Arizona, though it might look like the opposite, because the news was that closer Andrew Bailey will open the season on the disabled list and that Joey Devine was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. Bailey played catch Sunday for the first time since tearing scar tissue in his right elbow two weeks ago, making 25 throws at a distance of 65 feet after warming up with 20 light throws. He said everything went well. As for the Opening Night roster, Bailey said, "It's safe to say it's probably too late. But I shouldn't miss too much time." Devine was sent to minor-league camp, usually a bad thing, but nearly two years removed from Tommy John surgery, he wanted to work out the last kinks in his delivery in an environment with less pressure, so he welcomed the move. "I'm in a good place," he said. "I just need to get consistency." Manager Bob Geren believes Devine is close to his old form, and he noted that Devine was the A's best reliever in 2008.
Andrew Bailey to DL, Joey Devine to minors
San Francisco Chronicle | Mar 28