A’s lefty Dallas Braden returning to see Dr. Yocum

Oakland Athletics left-hander Dallas Braden is scheduled to have

his troublesome shoulder examined again by renowned orthopedist Dr.

Lewis Yocum on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

Braden played catch Monday for the first time since being placed

on the 15-day DL on April 18, but the session didn’t go as well as

Braden or the A’s had hoped, according to manager Bob Geren. The

lefty is approaching the one-year anniversary of his May 9, 2010,

perfect game against Tampa Bay on Mother’s Day.

”I think they are going to give him all the tests possible to

check him out,” Geren said. ”He just didn’t feel great


This is a discouraging development for both Braden and the A’s.

An 11-game winner last year, Braden began the season as Oakland’s

No. 4 starter in one of the most talented – and young – rotations

in baseball. The A’s led the American League in ERA last season at

3.56 and in shutouts with 17 while holding opponents to a .245

batting average.

An initial appointment with Yocum late last month showed no

structural damage in Braden’s shoulder. Braden is 1-1 with a 3.00

ERA in three starts this season.

Injured Oakland closer Andrew Bailey, the 2009 AL Rookie of the

Year, is set to throw to hitters Wednesday before the A’s host the

Cleveland Indians in the middle game of their three-game series.

Bailey hasn’t pitched this season because of a strained right


Geren said Bailey would only throw fastballs during his session.

He has worked on his off-speed pitches just on flat ground so far.

If all goes well, Bailey might throw again to hitters or progress

straight to a simulated game.

Injured righty Rich Harden, on the 60-day disabled list after

straining a muscle behind his right shoulder early in spring

training, is still limited to playing catch on flat ground.