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03/19/09 5:18 PM ET

Feeling just Devine

Righty throws pain-free bullpen session, could pitch Monday

PHOENIX -- Orlando Cabrera is sick, Jason Giambi's 38-year-old legs are sore, Justin Duchscherer's tender right elbow has prevented him from throwing off a mound since mid-February and Eric Chavez hasn't picked up a bat since he was shut down with pain in his surgically repaired right shoulder 10 days ago.

If ever a team needed a little good news on the health front, it was the A's on Thursday.

They got it in the form of co-closer Joey Devine's first bullpen session since he was sidelined with his own elbow issues more than two weeks ago.

Devine, a right-hander who last appeared in a Cactus League game on March 4, threw about 20 pitches on the back field at Phoenix Municipal Stadium and said he's hoping to pitch in a game by Monday.

"It went great," said Devine, who posted a 0.59 ERA in 42 appearances as a rookie last season. "I'll go [with some] light [throwing] tomorrow, get back on the mound again Saturday, and Monday I should be ready to go."

"That's what I like to hear!" said A's manager Bob Geren.

Devine threw mostly fastballs, but he also mixed in some changeups and tested the elbow by throwing some sliders.

"Just a few [sliders]," Devine said. "Just because I haven't thrown any in a while. But it felt fine."

Geren, who spent most of his morning media session providing medical updates, said Devine likely will pitch in a Minor League game if he's ready to go Monday.

"It allows us to control the environment a little more," Geren explained. "I don't want to say for sure that it'll be [in a Minor League game], but more than likely it will be. Just the fact that he's going to be out there again, against anyone, is tremendous news."

Dribblers: Matt Holliday, who hadn't played since Saturday because he'd been under the weather, was back in the lineup Thursday. Now Cabrera is the latest to fall victim to the bug that seems to sweep through the A's clubhouse every spring. Cabrera showed up at Phoenix Muni feeling ill and was sent home by the team's athletic trainers. ... Geren said Giambi's legs have been sore for a couple of days. "Nothing serious, but we're going to give him a few days off," Geren said. ... Duchscherer, who received a cortisone shot in his elbow Saturday, played catch at 140 feet Thursday for the second day in a row. ... Chavez, who came in for treatment on Oakland's off-day Wednesday, also played catch in the morning. Earlier this week, he said he was hoping to start hitting by Thursday, but Geren said he wasn't quite ready, adding, "He's close."

Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.