The A's concluded a week of closer controversy and bullpen angst by bringing their regular closer, Andrew Bailey, off the DL, where he'd spent the first two months of the season with a right forearm strain.
Last Monday, fill-in closer Brian Fuentes complained about manager Bob Geren's lack of communication in telling him where he might pitch after Fuentes worked four consecutive games and took losses in all three. Fuentes was particularly critical of Geren's decision to use Fuentes in a tied game on the road.
Geren replaced Fuentes temporarily in the closer role with right-hander Grant Balfour. Balfour didn't have a save opportunity, but he allowed three runs in the ninth inning of Oakland's win at Anaheim on Thursday.
Then Geren went back to Fuentes for a save on Saturday, and he emphasized that he'd told both Balfour and Fuentes about the decision before the game.
"Kind of a weird situation," said Balfour, who pitched the eighth Saturday.
Geren said that Bailey will not land in save situations immediately but will be worked in a little more slowly. He also is not ready to pitch in back-to-back games yet.
Bailey worked the seventh inning Sunday and went 1-2-3, getting three groundouts. Fuentes picked up the save in a 6-4 win over Baltimore.
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