Bailey could rejoin A's after Triple-A outing

May 27, 2011, 12:05 am
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May 26, 2011A'S NEWS A'S VIDEOPaul Gutierrez

ANAHEIM -- Two-time all-star closer Andrew Bailey will pitch again Friday for Triple-A Sacramento -- it will be his fourth appearance for the River Cats -- and could re-join the A's soon. Very soon.

"Everybody felt he needed another outing but the good news was he felt good," A's manager Bob Geren said of Bailey, who suffered a strained right forearm strain in spring training. "Just want to get his performance to where it needs to be -- command."

Bailey has allowed one hit and hit two batters wile walking one and striking out two in facing 13 hitters in three innings of rehab work.

Geren said Bailey, though, would not re-assume his closer's role immediately.

"More than likely, some low-leverage innings," Geren said. "But you never know. Ideal situation, he'd get an inning or two first. That would be the plan.