Injured Bailey plays catch for second time

Injured Bailey plays catch for second time

OAKLAND -- A's closer Andrew Bailey played catch on Sunday for the first time since Wednesday, but still doesn't know when he will return to the mound for Oakland.

"It went better than the last time we tried it," Bailey said. "It's obviously a plus; good enough to continue on the path to get back into the games. As far as a timetable for a game, that's really not up to me."

Bailey made 20 tosses on Sunday, 10 from 45 feet and 10 from 65 feet. Bailey said he felt good on Sunday, unlike Wednesday when he felt a bit of discomfort in the area of his rib muscle strain.

"I felt it on Wednesday," Bailey said. "It wasn't as bad as it was before but it was still, in my mind, right on the cusp of feeling good so we didn't want to push it too much. That's why we decided to take an extra couple of days."

Bailey hasn't thrown in a game since July 20, but said he hopes to be able to return after throwing a couple bullpen sessions and a simulated game. Bailey said he will throw from a longer distance on Monday.

"It's not like I need to build up a pitch count to 50 or 60," Bailey said. "I think it will be quicker than a starter's [rehab]."