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07/25/10 9:08 PM ET

Anderson on target for Friday return

OAKLAND -- Brett Anderson's impending return to a rather depleted A's rotation looks all the more likely for Friday after he endured a successful rehab start with Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday.

The A's lefty, who hasn't made a start for Oakland since June 3 due to elbow tendinitis, tossed 5 1/3 innings of shutout ball for the River Cats, giving up just four hits while walking one and striking out nine with 87 pitches in Tacoma, Wash.

"He felt great," manager Bob Geren reported after the A's 6-4 victory over Chicago on Sunday.

Thus, Anderson will make Monday's trip to Texas with the team and is expected to get the call for Friday's start in Chicago, pushing scheduled starter Dallas Braden to Saturday. He'll fill a rotation that's now missing Ben Sheets (elbow) and look to build on a season that -- before his injury -- saw him go 2-1 with a 2.35 ERA in six starts.

Bailey hopes to return to mound in Texas

OAKLAND -- The A's are hoping to enter this week's divisional series with the power-heavy Rangers boasting something that resembles a healthy pitching staff, Andrew Bailey included.

Bailey has been sidelined with an upper back strain since experiencing a muscle spasm on Tuesday, when he gathered a win after tossing two shutout innings against the Red Sox. It marked just the third time all season he's been forced to throw two frames.

The A's closer was unavailable again for Sunday's rubber match with the White Sox, but he, along with manager Bob Geren, is hopeful to be back in action Tuesday, when Oakland is slated to begin a three-game set in Arlington.

"Hopefully with Monday's off-day," Bailey said, "that will give me enough rest for Tuesday. Each and every day it's getting better, but right now it's still a work in progress. This is kind of new to me, so I don't really know what to expect."

Bailey has not allowed a run in 13 of his past 15 appearances, a span in which he's compiled a 1.10 ERA. He has a 1.56 mark for the season, good for sixth lowest among American League relievers.

"We obviously won't be using him today," Geren said on Sunday morning, "but we're real hopeful for Tuesday."

Worth noting

Rajai Davis (left hamstring) endured running drills on Sunday morning, but he was still deemed day-to-day. ... Travis Buck (leg soreness), who Geren said will play a minimum of seven games with Triple-A Sacramento, started his sixth contest with the River Cats on Sunday. He entered the game with a .111 batting average (2-for-18) through five contests. ... Kurt Suzuki's sixth-inning homer on Saturday came on an 0-2 pitch, representing the third time this season he's homered in that count -- a mark that leads the American League.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.