Oakland closer Andrew Bailey was placed on the 15-day disabled list at the start of the season due to a muscle strain in his right forearm.
Good news: he made a little progress today.
According to Jeff Fletcher of Bay Bridge Baseball, Bailey played long toss from a distance of 120 feet on Saturday afternoon and Athletics manager Bob Geren called it “his best day yet.”
The right-hander is expected to be ready for live action in about two weeks. He has a 1.70 career ERA, a 0.91 career WHIP and a 133/37 K/BB ratio over his first two major league seasons.
The A’s are relying on veteran left-hander Brian Fuentes to handle save opportunities for the time being.
Update (12:58 AM ET): Per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Samardzija has been diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle. He’ll be shut down for a week. That’s good news for the Giants, considering the alternatives.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.