May 4, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVEA's PAGE A's VIDEOPaul Gutierrez
OAKLAND - A's All-Star closer Andrew Bailey faced live batters today for the first time since going on the disabled list in spring training and threw at least 25 pitches, all fastballs, in the batting practice session.No radar gun was run, though."It looked full speed to me," said A's manager Bob Geren. "By the look of it, and the swings, it looked full speed."Adam Rosales, Ryan Sweeney and Landon Powell were the hitters Bailey faced.
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The right-handed Bailey came out of the A's exhibition on March 14 clutching his throwing forearm. He was diagnosed with a strain shortly thereafter.Geren said the A's would decide Thursday when Bailey would again throw a similar batting practice. He has yet to throw curveballs from a mound.In other injured A's pitcher, um, non-news, Geren had no update on lefty starter Dallas Braden, on the DL since April 17 with a stiff throwing shoulder. Braden was scheduled to today in Los Angeles with Dr. Lewis Yocum for more tests."I haven't heard from (Dallas) or the doctor at this point," Geren said.