FORT MYERS, Fla. Andrew Bailey followed starter Clay Buchholz to the mound in Wednesdays Triple-A game against a Rays squad.
Bailey went 1 23 innings, facing seven batters, giving up one run on two hits, with no walks and two strikeouts. He threw 26 pitches, 21 for strikes.
Pitching coach Bob McClure was pleased with Baileys outing.
Once he got the ball down he was fine, McClure said. Im starting to see the ball jump out of his hand better too. Were starting to see it on all of them but we go slow with the back of the bullpen. You always go slow with them and then you increase it as you get close.
It felt good, Bailey said. Trying to work on commanding the fastball. Getting to that point in camp where you try and place yourself in the situation youre going to be in during the season. So its nice to get out there and have that one-plus where you sit down and get back up. Thats kind of why came in today and threw today, was to be able to do that. And I have a couple more before Opening Day.
It was the first time this spring Bailey had pitched more than one inning.
Thats something for me that Ive done a lot in my career but that first ones always a little tougher to bounce back from, Bailey said. So it was good that it was, even if it was in a minor league game, it was still nice to get it done and get it out there. Sometimes thats tougher than a back to back for me.
Bailey, who was delayed at the start of spring training because of a strained lat suffered while doing the vertical leap in his physical, believes hes gotten in sufficient work to be ready for the start of the season. This was his seventh outing, spanning 7 23 innings. He got in his only back-to-back appearances so far on Saturday and Sunday.
Ill probably go two out of three days and then probably have the two days off, in Washington, D.C. and the off day Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, he said. And then be ready for Opening Day. So well probably do a game, off, game, and then the two days off and then Opening Day.
Im ready to roll. Looking forward to it.