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Andrew Bailey cleared to throw following elbow “clean up”

Jan 7, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

Andrew Bailey

Andrew Bailey was shut down in September and underwent “cleanup surgery” to remove bone chips from his elbow, but Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that the A’s closer has been cleared to resume throwing.

For now he’s throwing from 60 feet, but the plan is for Bailey to stretch things out to 120 feet by the time pitchers and catchers report for spring training in mid-February, leaving him enough time to be ready for Opening Day.

Last season the A’s led the league in ERA and ranked 11th in runs scored while finishing 81-81, but after adding Hideki Matsui, Josh Willingham, and David DeJesus to the lineup they look like potential contenders again in the AL West. For that to happen they’ll likely need a healthy Bailey, as he’s thrown 132 innings with a 1.70 ERA in his first two seasons.

  1. apbaguy - Jan 7, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    And hopefully Joey Devine will be back, and Michael Wuertz will be fully healthy also. Hope springs eternal for every team in the offseason, but the A’s on paper made some nice, reasonable cost moves this Winter. The key for them in 2011 will be health, and that, sadly, is not a “talent” shared by enough of their starters. When healthy the A’s can play with the Rangers because of their rotation. But by August either team could be reduced to a shadow of it’s April self. It’s a thin division, no team has any real depth, and whoever can put their best guys on the field most often will probably win, except for the Mariners, who really don’t have enough. Kind of an obvious statement, but really true this year for the Angels, Rangers, and A’s.

  2. clydeserra - Jan 7, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    PERFORMANCE ENHANCING SURGERY!!!!!!

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