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Oakland Athletics pitcher Andrew Bailey, #40, pitches against the Los Angeles Angels in the ninth inning of their game on Sunday, July 11, 2010, at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. It was announced today that Bailey will be joining his teammate pitcher Trevor Cahill in this year's All-Star game in Anaheim. The Athletics defeated the Angels 5-2. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Staff)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- A's closer Andrew Bailey left Monday's game against the Cleveland Indians with an apparent elbow injury suffered in the seventh inning of the A's 9-8 loss.

With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Bailey threw an 0-2 pitch and immediately grabbed his right elbow. Bailey left Goodyear Ballpark with head trainer Nick Paparesta immediately after exiting the game, and reporters were told Bailey wasn't available for comment before he left.

Bailey said in a text message that he would be examined by noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday. Andrews performed the cleanup procedure on Bailey's elbow in September.

The reliever also had elbow ligament replacement (or Tommy John) surgery back in 2004 while at Wagner College, and it's not known how, or if, this new injury relates to that.

"All I know is, being that I 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 don't know much. I'm hoping it's not too serious."

A's manager Bob Geren was asked his level of concern over Bailey, the 2009 American League Rookie of the Year.

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


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It's a potentially major blow for the A's and their two-time All-Star closer. Bailey underwent surgery in September to remove bone chips and spurs in his elbow.

It was considered a minor procedure, but the A's brought Bailey along cautiously this spring. He didn't appear in his first exhibition until Thursday, pitching a 1-2-3 inning against Kansas City. He was making his second appearance Monday.

Brian Fuentes, a four-time All-Star closer whom the A's signed in the offseason, would be the logical choice for the ninth inning if Bailey misses significant time.