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UPDATE: Brett Anderson placed on DL; may not need surgery

Jun 4, 2010, 7:35 PM EDT

UDPATE: Brett Anderson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation, according to a team press release.
Earlier this afternoon, Mychael Urban of reported that the Athletics fear Anderson could be “done” for the year due to the injury, but Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that Anderson may only need to miss a few starts, similar to his previous DL-stint. We’ll soon find out.
Friday, 12:44PM: Brett Anderson spent most of May on the disabled list with inflammation in his forearm and elbow, but looked plenty healthy while shutting out the Tigers for 5.2 innings last week in his return start.
Unfortunately his second outing didn’t go nearly as well yesterday, as Anderson left after 2.2 innings with tightness in his elbow and could be headed right back to the DL, calling the problem “a reoccurring of what happened last time.”
“It’s tough to tell how it is,” Anderson told Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News. “My slider just wasn’t the same. At-bats where there’s two strikes, it’s usually a put-away pitch. But I just left it over the middle.”
Anderson will be examined by doctors today while the A’s hold their collective breath that the 22-year-old southpaw hasn’t already done enough damage to require surgery. Following an impressive rookie season the A’s quickly determined that Anderson was a big part of their future and signed him to a long-term contract that could be worth up to $31 million.
Acquired from the Diamondbacks as part of the Dan Haren trade in December of 2007, Anderson has a 3.80 ERA and 174/49 K/BB ratio in 206 innings spread over 36 career starts despite being the second-youngest starter in the league.

  1. APBA Guy - Jun 4, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    One of my enduring images of my trip to Orlando last summer to see my nephews play was watching the rookie game between Houston and Detroit. Also watching the rookie game were six pitchers from Houston, all clustered together on a picnic table in the shade (smart), all with casts and slings, all recovering from TJ surgery. Let’s hope that Bret doesn’t have this degree of damage, but at his age, with the number of hard sliders he throws, it’s probably more a question of when, rather than if.

  2. Lee - Jun 4, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    Jayson Stark just featured Anderson in a list of young pitchers (currently in the majors) you’d like to have for the next 10 years. Whoops!

  3. JBerardi - Jun 4, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    What exactly does the A’s training staff use as it’s primary mode of care? Bloodletting? Are they one of those weird Christian cults that relies exclusively on the power of prayer to heal the sick? Because they are really, really bad at this thing. Anderson’s career is probably over.

  4. scatterbrian - Jun 4, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    “Anderson’s career is probably over.”
    Settle down, Doc.
    Captcha: groaning science!

  5. beil - Jun 4, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    our trainer needs to get fired immmediately

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