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Andrew Bailey scheduled to face live hitters tomorrow

May 3, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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Andrew Bailey is expected to take a big step in his recovery from a strained forearm when he faces live hitters for the first time tomorrow.

Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that the A’s closer has completed “a large handful of successful bullpen sessions” and will be asked to face live hitters twice before potentially being cleared for a minor-league rehab assignment.

Incidentally, does “a large handful” of something imply more than five? Or does it just mean four or five while “a small handful” means two or three?

And if “a large handful” means more than five, then could “a giant handful” mean, like, 50? After all, we’re talking about bullpen sessions rather than something that can physically be held in a hand, so in theory there could be “an infinitely massive handful” that fits billions of bullpen sessions. That pitcher would probably need Tommy John surgery after like the first 10 million bullpen sessions, though.

  1. Kanonen80 - May 3, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    This after yesterday’s session facing dead hitters. I heard they didn’t even make contact off of him. Sounds promising.

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