Andrew Bailey placed on disabled list with forearm strain

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Oakland closer Andrew Bailey was diagnosed with a strained muscle in his forearm back in mid-March and hasn’t been able to get back to full strength in time for Opening Day.

He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday evening, according to the A’s official Twitter feed, and is likely to miss the first couple weeks of the regular season. Veteran reliever Brian Fuentes is expected to draw save opportunities for the Athletics while he’s sidelined.

Bailey, 26, boasts a stellar 1.70 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 133/37 K/BB ratio over his first two major league seasons. He missed a month-long chunk of 2010 due to a strained intercostal muscle, though, and this will represent his second career trip to the disabled list.