A's take closer Andrew Bailey off DL

Updated: May 29, 2011, 8:45 PM ET
Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics activated reliever Andrew Bailey from the disabled list and used the two-time All-Star for one inning Sunday but plan to ease him back into the closer's role.

Bailey, who had been out since March 30 with a strained right forearm, pitched a scoreless seventh inning during the A's 6-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles. The right-hander threw 14 pitches, nine for strikes.

Andrew Bailey

Bailey

"I thought he looked good," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "I thought his stuff was pretty much normal. From the side it looked like vintage Andrew Bailey, which is a huge plus for us."

Bailey, the 2009 AL Rookie of the Year, has 51 career saves over two seasons and his return adds another right-handed arm to Oakland's bullpen. It also gives Geren a right-left option for closers once Bailey is settled in.

Left-hander Brian Fuentes has been the A's closer while Bailey has been out and earned his 11th save in 13 tries during Sunday's win against the Orioles. But Fuentes was openly critical of Geren last week when he said there was a lack of communication between the manager and members of the bullpen.

Getting Bailey back will likely move Fuentes into a setup role, though he could still be used as a closer against left-handed hitters if Geren wants.

"It just adds a lot of depth," Geren said of Bailey's return. "When he's in midseason shape he's one of the best in the business."

To make room for Bailey the A's optioned left-handed reliever Bobby Cramer to Triple-A Sacramento. Cramer was called up from the minors on Friday when Oakland traded David Purcey to Detroit but did not pitch in either of the first two games against Baltimore.


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