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Reliever Joey Devine sidelined by biceps soreness

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.

Joe Stiglich