A’s Closer Andrew Bailey Has Strained Forearm

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Pitcher Andrew Bailey of the Oakland A's. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Pitcher Andrew Bailey of the Oakland A’s. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Tests reveal that Oakland closer Andrew Bailey has a strained forearm, news that comes as a relief to the Athletics after they feared he had a serious elbow injury.

Bailey will resume throwing once the discomfort subsides.

The A’s were concerned when Bailey left Monday’s game in the seventh inning against Cleveland in Goodyear, Ariz., grabbing his elbow after throwing a pitch to Ezequiel Carrerra.

Bailey flew to Birmingham, Ala., and was examined by Dr. James Andrews, who had performed surgery on Bailey to clean out the elbow area Sept. 24.

Oakland vice president and general manager Billy Beane said:
“Any time a pitcher comes out of a game like Andrew did, you hold your breath. While there is no timetable on his return, this is welcome news.”

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