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UPDATE: Andrew Bailey leaves game with right elbow discomfort

Mar 14, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

Andrew Bailey

Well, this doesn’t sound good.

According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Andrew Bailey left today’s game against the Indians in the bottom of the seventh inning due to right elbow discomfort. Bailey was clutching at his elbow before he left the mound.

Of course, Bailey underwent Tommy John surgery back in 2005 and had his elbow cleaned up by Dr. James Andrews last September, so there’s real reason for concern here. Oddly, Slusser notes that the media has already been told that Bailey will not be talking about the injury following the game. This is speculation on my part, but perhaps he is already on his way for testing.

The Athletics stocked up on bullpen help during the offseason by adding Brian Fuentes and Grant Balfour. It’s too soon to say that Bailey will have to miss significant time, but they may need to use every bit of that depth this season.

UPDATE: This isn’t necessarily a good thing, but A’s manager Bob Geren told Jane Lee of that Bailey “felt tightness in his forearm area.” He is expected to get checked out either tonight or tomorrow.

UPDATE II: Bailey tells Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle via text message that he is scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews tomorrow. He is currently feeling both elbow and forearm discomfort.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Mar 14, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Ouch. That’s rough for Bailey and the Athletics’ playoff hopes.

    On the bright side, they’ve got plenty of in-house options, but that means everyone slides into a different role than projected by getting bumped up a spot on the depth chart.

    I guess they could always call the Twins (Capps) or Yankees (Soriano) about trading for an extra closer, if they get desperate?!

  2. apbaguy - Mar 14, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Definitely not good. His stats, though with limited use last year due to “forearm” issues, were outstanding. Not everyone can handle the closer role. The A’s have had several guys who were brilliant in the 7th and/or 8th but wilted in the 9th (Rhodes, Dotel). They’ve also had several guys step up to be effective closers. With all their veterans, let’s hope first that Bailey won’t need surgery,. and second one of the vets can step up.

  3. BC - Mar 15, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Ow. Mommy.
    Folks better start looking elsewhere in the A’s bullpen for a closer. I think this one could be bad. Like Strasburg bad.

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