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Grant Balfour faces live hitters for first time since surgery

Mar 12, 2013, 8:32 PM EDT

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From Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle comes word that A’s right-hander Grant Balfour faced live hitters on Tuesday for the first time since undergoing right knee surgery on February 14.

Balfour will probably face hitters in A’s camp another three or four times before being cleared to make his Cactus League debut. Relief pitchers usually only need a handful of spring training appearances to get properly tuned up for the season, so he should be fine for Opening Day if he can avoid setbacks.

Balfour registered a fantastic 2.53 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in 75 appearances with the A’s last season, striking out 72 batters in 74 2/3 innings.

The fiery 35-year-old will serve as Oakland’s closer this summer if he is healthy.

  1. flosox - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    If he’s facing live hitters for the first time, please also tell me how he did against the dead ones. I really can’t compare with one-sided information.

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