While the A's bullpen has been pretty uniformly excellent (3.14 ERA, 3.57 xFIP, 52 Ks in 51.2 IP), there seemed to be reinforcements on the way in 2009's stud Michael Wuertz and 2008's stud Joey Devine but it looks like we'll have to wait a little longer for both to rejoin the big club. Wuertz was potentially going to rejoin the club earlier this week, but has been battling a "dead arm" and despite throwing a scoreless inning on Wednesday night for AAA Sacramento is still ticketed for more rehab appearances there. Expect him to rejoin the team in the beginning of May.
The news on Devine is much worse, as he suffered his second setback in extended spring training, causing the A's to shut him down indefinitely. He still hasn't faced live batters, so he appears to be months away, and given the long layoff, may not be in a position to help the A's this season. The A's bullpen has plugged along without these two but if they could come back at full strength, they might just sport the best pen in the AL.