07/28/10 8:30 PM ET
A's near deal with top Draft pick Choice
By Jane Lee / MLB.com
Bailey may return for finale in Texas
ARLINGTON -- A's closer Andrew Bailey, still nursing an upper back strain, was unavailable for the seventh consecutive game Wednesday but could potentially be back on the mound for Thursday's series finale with the Rangers.Bailey, sidelined since July 20, when he tossed two innings against the Red Sox, threw long toss out to a distance of 240 feet and endured a 15-pitch side session on Wednesday. The A's righty confirmed all went well, but he understands the club's decision in being patient with his return. "Physically, I feel good," Bailey said, "but it's one of those things you don't want to rush." The two-time All-Star 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 on the season, good for sixth lowest among American League relievers. Geren said there has been no mention of the disabled list, as he believes Bailey is "very close" to being available out of the bullpen again.
Lefty Brett Anderson threw a successful 40-pitch side session on Wednesday, giving the A's the green light to activate him from the disabled list on Friday for a start in Chicago. It will mark his first start since June 3, when he went down for the second time of the year with elbow tendinitis. ... Conor Jackson (hamstring) is progressing with running activities in Arizona, Geren said Wednesday, but there is still no timetable for a Minor League rehab assignment. ... Travis Buck (leg soreness) is batting .154 (4-for-26) with four RBIs through seven games with Triple-A Sacramento. Geren said Buck would need a minimum of seven contests under his belt before being considered to rejoin the A's, but when asked Wednesday if the outfielder could potentially be returning soon, the A's manager said, "That will be decided when he's proven he's completely healthy."
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.