A's Insider notes: Bailey getting closer to return

A's Insider notes: Bailey getting closer to return
May 11, 2011, 5:52 am
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Paul GutierrezCSNCalifornia.com

Our A's Insider takes a look at the 7-2 loss to the Rangers in Game 2 of a three-game series in Texas.

Bailey getting closer - All-Star closer Andrew Bailey, on the disabled list with a forearm strain since spring training, threw his second live batting practice in a week and is close to returning. Bailey threw "about" 30 pitches to "six or seven hitters" in the simulated game today in Arlington, Texas and used all of his pitches. His next live session will be Wednesday, after the A's see how he recovers from today's outing.

Anderson improves in Texaskinda - How bad was Brett Anderson Tuesday night and just how bad has he been in Arlington over his career? Well, after giving up four earned runs in 4 23 innings, the left-hander actually lowered his ERA there, from 9.00 to 8.62.

RECAP: Anderson struggles in Texas again, A's lose 7-2
Co-Jack at 3B - Conor Jackson replaced Andy LaRoche at third base in the seventh inning. It was only the fourth time in Jackson's career he has appeared at third base, which might serve as a warning shot across the bow of the S.S. Kevin Kouzmanoff. Might his days with the team be numbered? Still no word on Braden - Dallas Braden was scheduled to have his third medical opinion today in New York on a visit with Mets physician Dr. David Altchek, a day after meeting with Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla. Alas, the A's say they are still waiting for a medical report on the left-hander's tight pitching shoulder.Another Darth 'Dactyl deed - Yes, it's a day old, but the Elias Sports Bureau came up with this interesting nugget this morning. Trevor Cahill is the first A's pitcher since 1925 to go 6-0 with a sub-2.00 ERA in his first eight starts, joining Sam Gray, who was 8-0 with a 1.43 ERA for Connie Mack in Philadelphia.