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Andrew Bailey is shut down indefinitely

Sep 21, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

And even worse than that for the A’s closer, he’s off to Alabama:

Bailey, the A’s two-time All-Star closer, has been shut down for several days with elbow soreness and will see Dr. James Andrews in Alabama this week. Bailey believes the issue is the same one he had in the spring: tennis elbow.

The Athletics never should have hired Ivan Lendl to be their pitching coach.*

It’s been a frustrating season for Bailey who, in addition to the tennis elbow, has had knee wonkiness (note: not an actual medical term), back spasms and a strained intercostal muscle. He’s a beriberi attack and a spell of the ricketts from hitting the WTF injury Yahtzee.

*Yes, I used this same joke back in March. No one laughed, dammit, so I figured I’d try again.

  1. BC - Sep 21, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    What is an intercostal muscle? And do I really want to know?

  2. geoknows - Sep 21, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    Intercostal means “between ribs.”

  3. APBA Guy - Sep 21, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Well, the miracle is that none of the “Big Three Redux” starters has had to visit Drs. Andrews or Yokum, but Brett Anderson flirted with it twice this year. If Bailey does need serious work, the A’s will be getting back Joey Devine (hopefully) next Spring after a two year absence. Cahill may be “that close” to injury yahtzee, but he was also very effective again this year: 1.47 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 25/28 saves.

  4. John_Michael - Sep 21, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    He’s also the culprit behind the outbreak of bed bugs, which recently shut down a NikeTown. However, he already has the anti bodies for Avian Flu, should his team have to play a pre season game in Asia he’s good to go, consequently as a result of the E Coli he got from a romaine lettuce contamination, he goes in violent spurts. He went vegan because of mad cow disease, and, apparently from the picture above, breathes through is cap to prevent contracting SARS. He also has a great uncle or something that was involved in establishing Tarkington College, so be dyslexic he might.

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