Jul 30, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT
A’s closer Andrew Bailey is finally over the back spasms that kept him out of action for the past nine days, but the AL’s reigning Rookie of the Year is now sidelined by a strained ribcage muscle.
According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle “it’s almost a sure thing he’ll go on the disabled list” and the move could be made in conjunction with Brett Anderson coming off the shelf.
Bailey hasn’t been quite as overpowering as he was a rookie, with his strikeouts per nine innings falling from 9.8 to 6.5 and his opponents batting average rising from .167 to .206, but the results are basically the same. He’s converted 20-of-23 saves with a 1.56 ERA in 40.1 innings after going 26-of-30 with a 1.84 ERA in 83.1 innings last season.
Right-hander Michael Wuertz and left-hander Craig Breslow have split closing duties in his absence so far.
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