A’s reliever Joey Devine has been sidelined for the past week by soreness in his right biceps, pitching coach Curt Young confirmed. The team is taking a day-by-day approach with the right-hander, and there’s no timetable yet for him to return to the mound.
Devine hasn’t appeared in a game since March 8, when he gave up four runs in two-thirds of an inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Considering how close the A’s are to their season-opening series in Tokyo on March 28-29, Devine’s availability for that series is in question.
Grant Balfour, Fautino De Los Santos and lefty Brian Fuentes are locked into three of the spots in Oakland’s seven-man bullpen. Lefty Jerry Blevins is considered a strong bet for a fourth spot. But if Devine misses extended time, three spots could be open to a large pool of candidates that includes Andrew Carignan, Ryan Cook, Travis Schlichting, Evan Scribner, Neil Wagner and lefties Pedro Figueroa, Jordan Norberto and Erick Threets.