May 5, 2011, 10:15 AM EST
Andrew Bailey successfully faced live hitters yesterday for the first time since injuring his forearm in mid-March, throwing live batting practice.
Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Bailey threw 25 pitches, all of them fastballs, and afterward manager Bob Geren said the A’s closer “looked real good” and “felt good.”
He’s expected to throw another round of batting practice while mixing in some off-speed pitches, at which point the A’s may clear him to begin a minor-league rehab assignment.
Oakland’s bullpen has thrived without Bailey, posting a 2.88 ERA while fill-in closer Brian Fuentes converts seven of nine save chances.
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