A's Insider notes: Bailey getting closer to return


A's Insider notes: Bailey getting closer to return

May 10, 2011A'S PAGE A'S VIDEO

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.

'For Brandon, he would like to get back.' Will Belt return this season?


'For Brandon, he would like to get back.' Will Belt return this season?

SAN FRANCISCO — It has been nearly two weeks since Brandon Belt walked out of AT&T Park with yet another concussion. On Friday he could take a big step. 

Belt will do some light cardio in hopes of ramping up the rehab process. That is generally the biggest step for concussed players. Often times, that cardio session leads to a longer shutdown when the player feels discomfort from activity. The Giants are hopeful that Belt will report only positive signs. 

“He seems to be doing a little better,” manager Bruce Bochy said. 

There is no timetable for Belt’s return, but the club hopes to get him back in the heart of the lineup down the stretch. That leads to an obvious question: Why would the Giants play him? Belt has suffered four concussions in the last eight years and he is a member of a last-place team that’s in a fight for the first pick in the draft. Doesn’t it make sense to just shut him down, make sure he gets fully healthy, and prepare for 2018? 

“I know there’s talk about it, but I know for Brandon, he would like to get back,” Bochy said. “You hate to go into the offseason with six or seven weeks of not playing again, but at the same time we’ll make sure he’s completely recovered. If not, we won’t put him out there.”

Part of the shame of all this is that regardless of when Belt returns, he will have missed an opportunity to really put his stamp on a nice season. Belt leads all first baseman in defensive runs saved (12) and he would have had a very strong argument for his first Gold Glove Award. It’s possible he gets back in time to hold off Paul Goldschmidt and Anthony Rizzo. It’s also possible he gets back in time to shatter his career-high in homers. Belt is at 18 for the second time in three years, and before he went down he was on pace for about 30. The Giants will have a better idea of Belt's ability to return on Friday. 

As for the other concussed Giant, there was less information about Joe Panik. He will be reevaluated on Friday. 

Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault


Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault

Raiders cornerback Sean Smith has been charged with assault, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday.

The charge is for assault of his sister's boyfriend. Smith allegedly beat and stomped the boyfriend's head on the morning of July 4 in Old Town Pasadena. A warrant was filed on Aug. 16. 

If convicted as charged, Smith could face a maximum sentence of seven years in California prison. 

More to come...