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Andrew Bailey shut down with sore elbow, he’ll visit Dr. James Andrews

A postgame update following the A’s 3-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox …

Closer Andrew Bailey has been temporarily shut down with soreness in his right elbow. Bailey isn’t ruling his season over yet, but he did say he’ll visit Alabama-based specialist Dr. James Andrews later this week …

Yes, Andrews’ name is synonymous with Tommy John elbow surgery, and you’ve had your fill of reading about A’s pitchers recovering from that procedure over the past two years. But this shouldn’t sound major alarms just yet. Bailey said his elbow has been bothering him off and on for a while, and that it “sparked up” a little more intensely following his last outing Friday at Minnesota. But he added that his elbow feels similar to how it did in spring training. He was diagnosed with tendinitis back then and was sidelined about two weeks. It seems a similar diagnosis now would be very good news for Bailey and the A’s.

You can read more about Bailey’s status, Chris Carter’s first major league hit and Coco Crisp’s season likely being finished when these stories are posted soon at contracostatimes.com. They’ll also be in tomorrow’s Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News.

That’s all for now …

Joe Stiglich