SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The A's optioned right-handed pitcher Joey Devine to Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday.

Devine, who was slowed earlier this month because of bicep tightness, struggled with his command and mechanics at times this spring. He missed the last two seasons because of Tommy John surgery.

Devine was charged with three runs in 4 1/3 Cactus League innings this spring.

"Obviously, we'll go with other relievers to start the season. But I'm encouraged with his last two outings, and he feels positive with where he is at, right now, physically," manager Bob Geren said. "It's not usually encouraging when you send somebody down, but in this particular case, we are very happy. He's healthy, good velocity. He feels like the Minor Leagues is exactly what he needs."

With the move, the A's have 33 players remaining in camp, which includes 30 players on the 40-man roster and three non-roster invitees.

Bailey to start season on disabled list

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Oakland closer Andrew Bailey continues to make progress in his recovery from a strained right forearm, but according to Bay Area news reports, he'll start the season on the disabled list.

"It's safe to say I'll miss a little time," Bailey said. "But better now than a month or two or three down the road."

On Sunday, Bailey played catch for the first time since tearing scar tissue in his surgically-repaired right elbow two weeks ago. Oakland manager Bob Geren said the throwing session went well, but it's unclear when Bailey will return to the mound for a big league game. Bailey pitched just 1 1/3 Cactus League innings this spring.

"I'm sure that we would love to have them out there when he is ready," Geren said. "The delicate part is to get him ready as soon as possible, but yet making sure that he's passing each test along the road. But, so far so good."

In Bailey's absence, Geren said he will use Brian Fuentes and Grant Balfour in save situations. Craig Breslow is also an option.

"Fuentes has the most experience and I definitely feel comfortable with him," Geren said.