05/25/11 11:31 PM ET
Bailey pitches out of jam in rehab outing
By Jane Lee / MLB.com
The team is expected to decide on Thursday whether Bailey needs another appearance with Triple-A Sacramento before making his return to Oakland, where he's yet to pitch this season.
Brought on in the fourth frame of Sacramento's home contest against New Orleans, Bailey gave up one hit while walking one and hitting another batter. He escaped the inning without allowing a run, tossing 20 pitches total -- 11 of which were strikes.
"He felt good," manager Bob Geren said. "He's had no setbacks, and he's doing everything we hoped he would."
Third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff, who sat out his fourth straight game on Wednesday because of a right groin strain, is "close" to returning to the lineup, Geren said. Kouzmanoff ran the bases on Wednesday. Andy LaRoche received his second straight start at third in his place.
Adam Rosales (right foot) is continually progressing in Arizona, where he's been playing in extended Spring Training games. Previously limited in his running activity, Rosales was handed the green light on Wednesday to run the bases himself following hits from here on out.
Hideki Matsui, who is just 8-for-45 (.178) over his last 15 games, was held out of Wednesday's lineup against the Angels. Josh Willingham served as designated hitter, while Ryan Sweeney started in left. The shakeup, Geren said, centered around playing Sweeney, who entered the game a career .529 hitter against Angels hurler Ervin Santana.