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Uh oh: Brett Anderson leaves A’s to have elbow examined

Jun 6, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

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Brett Anderson was on his way to a breakout sophomore campaign last year when elbow problems ended his season on June 5 and the 23-year-old southpaw’s elbow is barking again.

Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Anderson has left the A’s on their East Coast road trip and is heading back to California to have his sore elbow examined by doctors.

Anderson began the season with a 2.84 ERA through 11 starts, including eight shutout innings against the Angels on May 26, but he’s given up 15 runs in two outings since then and Stiglich notes that his velocity was down last night versus the Red Sox.

  1. APBA Guy - Jun 6, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    His velocity has been down all year, not just the last two games. I’ve noted in previous comments that he has practically abandoned the hard slider to righties, his best “out” pitch, while also being unable to get his fastball up to his previous elite level, 96-97, like he once had. Now he’s sitting 92 and twirling a curve that too often leaks into mushball territory. I’ve seen just one radar reading of 96 in May and June, which was at the Mausoleum where the gun is 1-2 mph fast.

    Let’s hope for the best.

    • spindervish - Jun 6, 2011 at 3:15 PM

      According to Fangraphs, his slider usage is way the hell up this year while his fastball, curve and changeup usage are all slightly down. His average velocity is down across the board though. Maybe his slider is just slow and crappy lately and you’re confusing it with a hard curve?

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