UPDATED 8:30 p.m.
By C. Trent Rosecrans
A's closer Andrew Bailey will see Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday and is hoping for good news -- but searching for good news from Andrews is like looking for a vegetarian at a steakhouse -- it could happen, but doesn't seem likely.
Bailey left Monday's game against the Indians in Goodyear, Ariz., after suffering from elbow discomfort and forearm tightness. Bailey left with one out in the fifth inning after doubling over in pain following a pitch to Cleveland's Ezequiel Carrera.
He immediately left the game and saw the team's head trainer. He was not made available to the media after the game, but the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser caught up with him via text (and then tweeted about it).
The A's have taken it slow with Bailey this season after his 2010 was ended early following surgery to "clean out" his right elbow. He underwent Tommy John surgery in college. In a text to Slusser, Bailey said it didn't feel like his injury that required the ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery, "but that's obviously what I thought at at first."
It was just Bailey's second outing of spring.
If the 2009 American League Rookie of the Year misses any time due to injury, left-hander Brian Fuentes would be the obvious candidate to replace him as the team's closer. A four-time All-Star, Fuentes signed a two-year deal with the A's in the offseason. He has 187 career saves, including 24 last season for the Angels and Twins, as well as a major-league leading 48 in 2009.
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