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No timetable for A’s closer Andrew Bailey’s return from DL

Apr 15, 2011, 1:51 PM EDT

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Andrew Bailey has been sidelined since mid-March with a strained forearm, but the Oakland closer told Jane Lee of that “there’s really no timetable” for his return.

Bailey threw a 25-pitch bullpen session yesterday, but hasn’t progressed to mixing in off-speed pitches yet and said afterward that “we’re just going as we feel.”

Brian Fuentes and Grant Balfour have been splitting closing duties in Bailey’s absence and the A’s bullpen is one of the few in baseball deep enough to withstand losing a pitcher with a 1.70 ERA and 133/37 K/BB ratio in 132 innings through his first two seasons.

  1. larryhockett - Apr 15, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Fuentes – 6 appearances, 5 saves.
    Balfour – 5 appearances, zero saves.

    Exactly what part of the closing duties “split” does Balfour do?

    • Aaron Gleeman - Apr 15, 2011 at 2:38 PM

      Yes, that time. He has 17% of the team’s save chances this season, thus he’s had a split of the save chances so far.

      • larryhockett - Apr 15, 2011 at 3:25 PM

        Oh, I understand. Much the way Sean Marshall “splits” closing duties with Carlos Marmol on the Cubs. Got it.

    • clydeserra - Apr 15, 2011 at 3:39 PM

      Balfour has been brought in in save situations. He also was on tap to be the closer had the A’s gotten a lead in another game.

  2. Aaron Gleeman - Apr 15, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Exactly what part of the closing duties “split” does Balfour do?

    The “part” where he got a save chance and blew that save chance in one of his five appearances.

  3. larryhockett - Apr 15, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Oh, you mean the time when Geren went with Balfour in the 10th inning because Fuentes had a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand. Okay.

  4. APBA Guy - Apr 15, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    News from the “Battle of the Team Physicians”. Bailey and Wuertz on the DL for the A’s, Hamilton for the Rangers, Morales for the Angels. As important as who’s coming back, presumed healthy, is who’s next on the DL.

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