Andrew Bailey, Craig Breslow shut down temporarily with elbow pain; other A’s reliever updates

Lots of news today regarding A’s relievers, so I’ll get right to it …

–Andrew Bailey and Craig Breslow both had tender elbows and were sent to Phoenix-area specialist Dr. Doug Freedberg for MRIs. Bailey was found to have lateral epicondylitis. You might know it better as “tennis elbow,” basically inflammation and pain in the outer elbow. He’ll be shut down for approximately 5-7 days, according to manager Bob Geren.

Breslow has medial tendinitis, or pain and inflammation of the inner elbow. He won’t throw for 3-4 days. Geren said he expects both relievers to still be ready for the start of the season barring any more setbacks.

I haven’t had a chance to talk to either guy yet, so can’t say how long this has been an issue for them.

–You might have noticed Michael Wuertz has yet to appear in a spring game. He was scheduled to appear in a minor league game today but was scratched, according to Geren, because “his shoulder wasn’t bouncing back.” As with Bailey and Breslow, Geren isn’t worried about Wuertz’s readiness for Opening Day. But it will be interesting to hear what Wuertz has to say.

–Still don’t have your fill of A’s reliever updates? Joey Devine was supposed to resume throwing today, but that’s also been pushed back.

No, this isn’t the most encouraging news for the A’s bullpen with 19 days left before Opening Day. At this point, I’m not sure how much of a setback these injuries are for Bailey, Breslow and Wuertz. I don’t think the A’s are banking on Devine being ready for the start of the season anyway. But if all of these guys are delayed in getting back to the mound, the depth of the A’s bullpen (which is a strength) will definitely be tested …

–On to today’s lineup against the Giants. A sellout crowd is expected at Phoenix Muni …

Rajai CF
Ellis 2B
Suzuki C
Kouzmanoff 3B
Chavez 1B
Cust DH
Sweeney RF
Buck LF
Pennington SS

Anderson P

Joe Stiglich