Tag:Andrew Bailey
Posted on: August 11, 2010 7:01 pm

A's Bailey closer to return

A's closer Andrew Bailey is closer to returning from the disabled list after throwing from 120 feet on Wednesday.

According to MLB.com's Jane Lee , Bailey returned from his throwing session and walked back into the team's clubhouse "with his arms up in the air and smile attached to his face."

"It went really well," Bailey said. "Felt really good."

Lee reports Bailey could

Bailey went not he disabled list retroactive to July 21 with a intercostal strain on his right side. The A's have used Craig Breslow and Michael Wuertz share closing duties in his absence.

The team could also get Conor Jackson back soon, as well. He'd played eight innings with the team's Rookie League club, and will play for Class A Stockton on Wednesday, where he's scheduled to play seven innings in left field.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 30, 2010 12:13 am
Edited on: July 30, 2010 12:17 am

A's closer Bailey likely headed to DL

Oakland closer Andrew Bailey, the 2009 American League rookie of the year, appears headed to the disabled list after being diagnosed with an intercostal (rib) strain.

Bailey hasn't pitched since July 20, sidelined by back spasms. But, as he told MLB.com, "Once the back spasms kinda relaxed and got pushed aside, my ribs started hurting." He was examined by the Rangers' medical staff in Arlington and given the diagnosis.

If Bailey does go on the DL, Michael Wuertz and Craig Breslow look like candidates to close.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 5, 2010 5:45 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2010 7:40 pm

Injuries taking toll on All-Star rosters

Mat Latos As happens every year, injuries will make several snubs All-Stars anyway.

SoCal's aces should get a chance to play in Anaheim based on recent injuries.

Boston's Clay Buchholz is headed to the 15-day disabled list, while Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo is not going on the DL yet, he will not be available to pitch in next Tuesday's All-Star Game, Brewers manager Ken Macha told MLB.com's Adam McCalvy .

"Throwing in the All-Star Game? No," Macha said. "I'm saying that, best-case scenario, he's probably going to be doing no baseball activities for a least 10 days. … He's not going to pitch in the All-Star Game. You can't have a guy walk off the mound one week and then put him in [the All-Star] Game the next. No."

Gallardo could still go on the disabled list, though, with his strained left rib-cage muscle. He is scheduled to see the team's doctor on Monday. The Brewers brought outfielder Lorenzo Cain up from Triple-A Nashville to be at the park in case Gallardo is put on the disabled list.

Gallardo, certainly deserving of his All-Star spot, could make way for Mat Latos. The Padres' right-hander is 9-4 with a  2.62 ERA and leads the National League with a .963 WHIP.

On the American League side, there are at least thee spots on the pitching staff because of Buchholz's injury and the new rule stating that keeps pitchers from starting on the Sunday before the All-Star Game and in the game itself. That rule will take the Yankees' CC Sabathia and the A's Trevor Cahill from pitching in Anaheim.

Joe Girardi will reportedly replace Sabathia with Andy Pettitte, while Anaheim's Jered Weaver should get one of the spots to appear in his home park. Weaver leads the AL in strikeouts with 124 and is 8-3 with a 2.72 ERA. Other possibilities are Justin Verlander, Felix Hernandez and Andrew Bailey.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 10:22 am
Edited on: June 18, 2010 10:29 am

Geren to limit Bailey's innings

Bob Geren On Thursday, the Athletics clung to a slim 2-1 lead against the Cubs entering the eighth inning.

When Michael Wuertz loaded the bases against the Cubs, A's manager Bob Geren decided it was time to bring in closer Andrew Bailey with one out. The only problem is that he did not double-switch Bailey into the game, leaving the pitcher's spot to bat in the top of the ninth.

Bailey would surrender an inherited run and Oakland went on to lose the game on a bases-loaded walkoff single by Kosuke Fukudome in the bottom ninth after Bailey was pulled from the game. Fans everywhere wondered why Geren didn't double-switch Bailey out and why he didn't pitch the ninth as well, given Bailey is no stranger to multiple-inning outings.

On Friday morning, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle revealed that Geren told Bailey last weekend he was going to start limiting Bailey's outings to just one inning to keep the closer fresh all season and get some set roles for other relievers.

"I just think he wants to get guys more roles and have them confident in certain situations, which will play out through the end of the year," Bailey noted. "I think it's a smart move."

Hence, Jerry Blevins in the ninth.

That doesn't necessarily absolve Geren of all blame, however. Putting aside the moment whether the philosophy should have been abandoned to give Oakland the best chance of winning the game, the question of double-switching remains.

Geren said that if Bailey had preserved the 2-1 lead in the eighth, "that would have been a decision right there."

Unfortunately for Oakland, Geren's decisions up to that point played a factor in a 3-2 defeat.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 17, 2010 5:24 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2010 5:42 pm

AL manager struggles with NL strategy

See, the way this interleague play thing works is that you play by National League rules in National League parks and by American League rules in American League parks. So, if say, you're playing at Wrigley Field, pitchers have to hit.

Oh, wait, you knew that? Oakland manager Bob Geren apparently didn't. Perhaps Billy Beane should have gotten off his exercise bike to let him know that for Thursday's game against the Cubs.

Instead Jerry Blevins was in the game in the ninth and loaded the bases with three walks before Kosuke Fukudome's walk-off single.

In the eighth inning, the A's led 2-1 when Michael Wuertz loaded the bases and with one out, Geren brought in his closer, Andrew Bailey. That sounds about right, it's the highest-leverage situation. Where he went wrong was not double-switching, knowing the pitcher's spot (in this case, the No. 6 spot) was coming up to lead off the ninth.

In fairness, Geren showed an awareness of the National League rules in the seventh inning when he had Gabe Gross hit for Dallas Braden and stay in the game in right field, replacing Jack Cust.

But in the eighth, Geren brought Bailey into the game and made no other move. Bailey suffered his third blown save of the season when he gave up a sacrifice fly to Xavier Nady, before getting Alfonso Soriano to ground out to end the inning.

Ryan Sweeney singled to lead off the inning, but the A's couldn't get him in, setting up Fukudome's heroics.

The A's bullpen blew the win for Braden, who still hasn't picked up a victory since his perfect game on May 9. Braden was in line for the win after allowing just one run on five hits in six innings.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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