Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Athletics' Anderson To Make Scheduled Start

Oakland Athletics pitcher Brett Anderson's start for this afternoon against the Boston Red Sox was
questionable after the left hander sprained his ankle in the first inning of play against the Rays last Friday night.
Anderson was forced to leave the game Friday night but "felt better" when he reported to Tropicana Field Saturday, according to A's manager Bob Melvin. Anderson's ankle was still swollen and he wore an air cast most of the day. He was told to do nothing except receive treatment on Saturday.
At the time, Melvin said of Anderson, "We'll see how he feels tomorrow and go from there."
The A's don't have an off-day until May 2nd, and if Anderson has to miss a future start, Dan Straily would be called up to replace him. Straily was excellent in his one start during the first week of the season and is pitching consistently at Triple A Sacramento.
Anderson was disappointed in his pitching Friday night, walking two in his only inning of play Friday night and issued 11 base on balls in four starts this season.
"He got behind in the count too often, and he wasn't locating his slider as well as he usually does," said Melvin about Anderson's performance on Friday.
"I've got to cut down on the walks," Anderson said. "I'm a notorious command guy."
Anderson made it through what Melvin called a "very aggressive side" on Sunday and the southpaw was encouraged by how his ankle responded and considers himself "good to go" for his start today.
Anderson, 25, has a 5.95 ERA and 19/11/K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings over four starts this season. He had a promising rookie season in 2009, but injuries have limited him to just 42 starts since then.
Reference: MLB and NBC Sports
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