UPDATE: Thank the baseball gods... Andrew Bailey has been diagnosed with just a forearm strain.
"It's good news for us, definitely. We'll go from there," manager Bob Geren said in Surprise, where an Athletics split squad played the Kansas City Royals.
Athletics closer Andrew Bailey will have his sore elbow examined by acclaimed elbow specialist Dr. James Andrews, according to FOXSports.com. Bailey, who has posted a 1.70 ERA in his first two seasons, was being monitored closely after being shutdown last season with an elbow injury.
In his first spring outing, he struck out two batters in one inning. It was just his second outing when he felt the discomfort, and left the inning with little discussion.
Andrews is one of the best doctors who tends to athletes in several sports. However, being reminded of his presence usually means some player will be sidelined for an entire season, if not more. Bailey, the 2009 AL Rookie of the Year, should know by the end of the week whether his injury is serious.
Let's all hope it is just a strain.