In the lineup for Joe Stiglich today …
It’s anticlimactic news, to be sure, that Andrew Bailey was activated today and is available to pitch. Billy Beane told me Friday it would happen if he had a good outing that night, which he did. Of course, Bailey was here Saturday and Bobby Cramer packed up and left, which made it academic.
But the fact that Bailey is finally on the active roster is nonetheless momentous. He’s going to make a bullpen that’s really hitting its stride that much stronger. Bob Geren has so many options, particularly when his starters can pitch into the seventh, that Bailey won’t have to feel pressured to jump right back into the closer role. And the A’s don’t want him doing that anyway, since he didn’t do that in any of his rehab appearances in Sacramento and still hasn’t yet pitched on back-to-back days, which a closer realistically needs to be able to do.
“As far as my role here, whenever the phone rings and my name is called, that’s when I’ll go out there and pitch,” he said. “I think Bob’s going to try to get my feet wet a little bit with some regular game action before we make a decision on the closer’s role. As far as going back to back, it’s up in the air right now. I think it’s going to be a day-to-day type of thing. Obviously I haven’t done that in the minor leagues. But I think for them it was more important for them to have me back and we can go day to day with how I feel.”
Bailey said he talked with Geren by phone while the A’s were in Anaheim and actually asked for an extra outing in Sacramento Friday night.
” I expressed that I needed one more just to get over the hump of getting in a game and focusing on command as opposed to how I felt,” he said. “I’d rather do that in Triple-A than here and not hurt the team. I think after my second or third outing I was ready, but maybe do one more just to make sure the confidence was there and being able to focus on getting outs.”
Probably a pretty good chance we’ll see Bailey today.
The A’s made a minor trade, dealing infielder Steve Tolleson to San Diego for cash considerations. Tolleson hit .286 in 25 games for Oakland last year after hitting .332 in Sacramento. He was hitting .284 for the RiverCats this year and had not played in Oakland.
Here are the lineups. With lefty Zach Britton throwing for Baltimore, Hideki Matsui is on the bench. Josh Willingham’s the DH today, with Conor Jackson in LF.
A’s: CF Crisp, 1B Barton, LF Jackson, DH Willingham, C Suzuki, ,RF DeJesus, 2B Ellis, 3B Kouzmanoff, SS Pennington. P Moscoso
Balt: LF Pie, CF Jones, RF Markakis, DH Guerrero, C Wieters, 1B Scott, SS Hardy, 3B Reynolds, 2B Andino. P Britton.