GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- A's closer Andrew Bailey left Monday's game against the Cleveland Indians with an injury to his right elbow and forearm.

The severity is unknown, but Bailey is scheduled to fly to Birmingham, Ala., and be examined Tuesday by orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews.

Taking into account Bailey's history of elbow trouble, it's a potentially major blow for the A's and their two-time All-Star reliever.

With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Bailey threw a pitch to Ezequiel Carrera and then grabbed his elbow. The right-hander exited the game and immediately left Goodyear Ballpark with A's head trainer Nick Paparesta.

A team spokesperson announced Bailey was experiencing "elbow soreness," though A's manager Bob Geren described it after the game as tightness in the forearm.

Later in the day, Bailey said in a text message that he had pain in both his elbow and forearm.

"I don't really know what's going on," Bailey said. "All I know is I'm seeing Dr. Andrews and will have more information after that."

Bailey underwent elbow ligament replacement (or "Tommy John") surgery in 2004 while at Wagner College and made a full recovery, winning American League Rookie of the Year honors in 2009.

He was shut down last September when he had surgery, performed by Andrews, to clear out bone chips and spurs in the elbow. It was characterized as a minor procedure, and the A's were extra cautious in bringing Bailey along this spring.


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He didn't make his exhibition debut until Thursday against Kansas City, throwing a 1-2-3 inning. Monday's outing was his second.

"All I know is being that I've had (Tommy John surgery) before, it didn't feel the same," Bailey said of Monday's injury. "But obviously, that's what I first thought when I felt it. I'm hoping it's not too serious."

Geren was asked how concerned he was.

"Any time you see somebody leave a game with tightness, it's concerning," Geren said. "But we're going to reserve judgment until he gets checked out."

Asked if Bailey showed any signs of physical problems leading up to Monday, Geren said his closer had "just normal soreness and stuff between outings."

But Bailey originally was scheduled to pitch Sunday, and Geren acknowledged that Bailey required an extra day of rest: "We gave him whatever time he needed and thought he was ready to go."

Geren said Bailey's fastball hit 94 mph Monday.

Brian Fuentes, a four-time All-Star closer whom the A's signed in the winter to be a setup man, is the logical choice to close if Bailey misses significant time.

The A's are thought to be challengers in the American League West, and their bullpen depth is a big reason for such optimism.

But their relief corps has been dinged up. Michael Wuertz had shoulder soreness, but he has recovered and is scheduled to pitch in his first game Tuesday.

Craig Breslow, slowed by a hamstring injury, was scheduled to throw off a mound Monday and could pitch in his first game Saturday.

Losing Bailey for any length of time would be a major hit, though it's fair to say the A's are better equipped to withstand losing their closer than other teams might be.

  • Starting pitcher Dallas Braden allowed six runs (four earned) and seven hits in four innings in the A's 9-8 loss to Cleveland. And though his defense faltered a bit behind him, Braden didn't have great command and hasn't been sharp through four spring starts.

    His ERA is 10.13 in 102/3 innings.

    Despite the numbers, Braden considered Monday a step forward. He said he's abandoning his curve -- an early experiment in camp -- and returning to a slider.

    "The positive was his breaking ball," Geren said. "The negative was his location with the fastball."

    Braden hit two batters and walked one.

  • Chris Carter, who started at first base, drilled two homers for the A's. The first, a solo shot, hit the scoreboard well beyond the left field wall in the sixth. He added a two-run, opposite-field homer to right-center in the eighth.

    One Indians beat writer said Carter's first homer was the first he'd seen reach the scoreboard at Goodyear Ballpark, now in its third year.

    "I'm not too familiar with this ballpark," Geren said, "but I can't imagine one going much farther."

  • Geren said Rich Harden aggravated his side muscle injury and will visit a doctor.

  • Chris Townsend will be back as host of the A's radio call-in show on KTRB (860-AM), the team announced.

    Former A's pitcher Mark Mulder was among the candidates to replace Carney Lansford as a Comcast studio analyst for A's games. But Mulder is believed to be in line for an ESPN gig, and Comcast has yet to announce a hire.