Bailey may return for finale in Texas

Bailey may return for finale in Texas

ARLINGTON -- A's closer Andrew Bailey, still nursing an upper back strain, was unavailable for the seventh consecutive game Wednesday but could potentially be back on the mound for Thursday's series finale with the Rangers.

Bailey, sidelined since July 20, when he tossed two innings against the Red Sox, threw long toss out to a distance of 240 feet and endured a 15-pitch side session on Wednesday. The A's righty confirmed all went well, but he understands the club's decision in being patient with his return.

"Physically, I feel good," Bailey said, "but it's one of those things you don't want to rush."

The two-time All-Star has not allowed a run in 13 of his past 15 appearances, a span in which he's compiled a 1.10 ERA. He has a 1.56 mark on the season, good for sixth lowest among American League relievers.

Geren said there has been no mention of the disabled list, as he believes Bailey is "very close" to being available out of the bullpen again.