Andrew Bailey feeling good after having elbow "cleaned up"

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Andrew Bailey underwent surgery over the weekend to have his right elbow “cleaned up” by Dr. James Andrews and the A’s closer said yesterday that he’s already feeling much better after having “bone chips and loose bodies” removed:

It was all kind of beat up and irritating the joint. Dr. Andrews said everything looks great, and it’s kind of amazing how good I feel. There’s no pain, just some swelling.

For a guy whose elbow was “all kind of beat up” Bailey had a remarkably strong season, following up his Rookie of the Year campaign by converting 25-of-28 saves with a 1.47 ERA, .199 opponents’ batting average, and 42/13 K/BB ratio in 49 innings.
Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Bailey “should be pitching in three months,” which would leave about three months for him to get ready for spring training.

The Mariners have made an offer to bring back Hisashi Iwakuma

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Hisashi Iwakuma tells the Japan Times that the Mariners have made him an offer to return.

Iwakuma became a free agent earlier this month after the Mariners, not surprisingly, declined his $10 million option for 2018. Iwakuma says that it’s “not a done deal,” but “hopefully I will be able to make a positive announcement soon.”

Iwakuma, who turns 37 early next season, made only six starts in 2017, posting a 4.35 ERA, 3.5 BB/9 and 4.6 SO/9 over 31 innings. He went on the disabled list in May and never returned to action, undergoing arthroscopic debridement surgery in September. He hopes to be recovered fully by spring training.