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Brett Anderson on track for possible July return from Tommy John surgery

Apr 12, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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In addition to trading away a ton of young talent this offseason the A’s also lost perhaps their best young pitcher, Brett Anderson, to Tommy John elbow surgery in July.

That knocked him out for at least 12 months, but Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Anderson’s recovery is going so well that returning almost exactly one year after the surgery is looking like a possibility.

Lee reports that Anderson threw his first post-surgery bullpen session this week and will soon be throwing live batting practice sessions at the A’s spring training complex in Arizona.

Anderson called a mid-July return “the goal” and said that, so far least, he’s been “step by step” with the outlined recovery plan. Oakland will probably be out of contention by July, but getting Anderson back for the second half would give the A’s some increased hope for 2013.

Prior to going under the knife the 24-year-old left-hander made 62 career starts with a 3.66 ERA and 286/92 K/BB ratio in 371 innings.

  1. scatterbrian - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Great quote from Melvin yesterday:

    “His [bullpen sessions] have really been terrific,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “I’ve said often in Spring Training, if you were to watch him throw, you’d think he was rehabbing something else. He’s got the potential to be the top-of-a-rotation starter, and we probably look for that when it’s almost like a trade, a midseason trade when he comes back. We’re not trying to put an exact timetable to speed him up or anything, but he’s doing beautifully at this point.”

  2. APBA Guy - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    I hate to be cynical about the beloved A’s, but you have to believe that if he shows plus stuff from July through Sept the A’s will try to get a big Cahill/Gio-like haul for him over the Winter. Uplifting that he’s doing well, depressing that he’s likely a short-timer.

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