Andrew Bailey's All-Star season in 2010 didn't end as he'd wished: He was sidelined by pain in his right elbow that required a cleanup operation. The A's closer is now close to 100 percent, however, and he's also leaner after losing 10 to 12 pounds this winter. "After seeing wedding pictures, I was like, 'It's time to work out!,' " joked Bailey, who got married in November. The weight loss should help his occasionally sore left knee, and, in the meantime, Bailey will be brought along a bit slower than the rest of Oakland's pitchers, who, along with catchers, officially reported to camp Tuesday. He said there is no schedule for him this spring - he'll pitch as often as his body dictates. It's possible he won't work in exhibition games out of the gate, but Bailey estimated he needs only eight to 10 games to be ready for the season. After his first bullpen session went well Monday, Bailey said he has no doubt he'll be ready for Opening Day. Manager Bob Geren said Bailey "looked good, his body looks good, his body-fat percentage has improved, his knee is good, his elbow is good. Everything is as good as it could be." Bailey threw 20 pitches, all fastballs, and said, "It felt good, like a normal first bullpen. The elbow issue, in my mind, is behind me."
Closer Andrew Bailey gets body, elbow in shape
San Francisco Chronicle | Feb 16