May 11, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT
Andrew Bailey threw a 25-pitch simulated game yesterday, but afterward the A’s closer reported discomfort in the “elbow area.”
Bailey has been out since March 14 with a strained forearm and has made enough progress in his recovery to potentially begin a minor-league rehab assignment within the week, but Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the A’s will likely ask him to throw at least one more simulated game first.
“I do feel I’m getting there,” Bailey told Stiglich. “I’m not totally ready to go 100 percent. I don’t know how to describe it. It’s not pulling or doing anything violent. It’s just there.”
Oakland’s bullpen has been fantastic even without Bailey, ranking second among AL teams with a 2.89 ERA, but adding a shutdown closer with a 1.70 career ERA to that mix could arguably give the A’s the deepest relief corps in the league.
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