Andrew Bailey diagnosed with strained right forearm

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It was easy to think the worst when Andrew Bailey crumpled down in pain on the mound yesterday, but a release from the Athletics this afternoon actually brings some good news.

Bailey was diagnosed with a strained right forearm following an examination by renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews. In other words, no structural damage was found and he will not require surgery.

According to the release, Bailey “experienced no swelling and can resume throwing when asymptomatic.”

Here’s reaction from Billy Beane:

“Any time a pitcher comes out of a game like Andrew did, you hold your breath,” said A’s Vice President and General Manager Billy Beane. “While there is no timetable on his return, this is welcome news.”

And so, Brian Fuentes or Grant Balfour might be closing games for the A’s to begin the season, but there’s a very good chance they’ll have their All-Star closer back before long. Perhaps now we can finally bury the assumption that every visit to Dr. Andrews results in bad news?

Mariners to hire Tim Laker as their hitting coach

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Greg Johns of MLB.com reports that the Mariners plan to hire Tim Laker as their new hitting coach. He’ll replace Edgar Martinez, who has moved into a different role with the club.

Laker has spent the past spent the past two years as the Arizona Diamondbacks assistant hitting coach. Before that he was a coach and manager in the minor league systems of the Indians and White Sox. He, of course, also spent 11 seasons in the Majors as a catcher, playing for the Indians, Expos, Devil Rays, Pirates and Orioles.