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Brett Anderson throws off mound for first time post surgery

Jun 23, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

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Brett Anderson is starting to make real progress.

According to Jane Lee of MLB.com, the Oakland left-hander threw off a mound on Saturday afternoon for the first time since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last July. He threw a total of 20 pitches — all fastballs — without feeling any sort of abnormal pain or discomfort in his arm.

“Quick, efficient, command was there,” A’s manager Bob Melvin told Lee in a short review of the workout.

Anderson is aiming to join the Athletics’ starting rotation at some point in August. The 24-year-old owns a solid 3.66 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 371 career major-league innings. He was limited to 13 starts in 2011.

  1. bossman6 - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    nice to see him getting healthy again. a young pitcher with tremendous upside.

  2. mianfr - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    I really want him to be back. Phenomenal talent and he destroys the Red Sox.

  3. nodaclu - Jun 25, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    With 5 teams making the playoffs now, it could get at least a little interesting if the A’s are around .500 in early August and could get a healthy Anderson and Braden back.

    It still probably won’t be enough, but it would be the first fun that A’s fans have had post-ASB since 2006.

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