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Brett Anderson throws for first time since elbow surgery

Nov 15, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

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Brett Anderson threw yesterday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in July and told Jane Lee of MLB.com that he’s used the down time to drop 20 pounds by giving up soda.

Anderson made 20 throws from 45 feet and afterward compared it to “walking again or riding your bike again.”

He’s aiming for a July return to game action, so Anderson will have many more hurdles to clear before the A’s can feel confident penciling him back into the rotation. But so far so good for the 24-year-old who was emerging as one of baseball’s best left-handers before the injury.

He’ll earn $3.25 million in 2012 as part of a four-year deal signed in April of 2010 and is under the A’s control through 2014.

  1. Detroit Michael - Nov 15, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    That’s a lot of soda pop.

    • foreverchipper10 - Nov 15, 2011 at 4:39 PM

      There was a year I gave up alcohol and I dropped about 15-20 pounds. It is definitely feasable. Feasible? Both ways look wrong….

  2. Kyle - Nov 15, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Love this guy. Here’s hoping for an injury-free season so we can all see what he’s capable of.

  3. APBA Guy - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Yeah, he’s the most talented of this crop of A’s starters. They had a couple of guys (Devine, Outman) take 2 years to get back from TJ, so a 1-year for Brett is definitely optimistic, but that’s what hope is for. He’ll probably not be effective until 2013, though.

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