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Brett Anderson close to facing hitters for first time since Tommy John surgery

Jul 2, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

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Here’s some good news for a promising pitcher.

Brett Anderson told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that he’s scheduled for a light bullpen session tomorrow in preparation to face hitters Friday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last July.

Anderson expects to face hitters two or three times before going on a minor league rehab assignment. He’ll likely need the entirety of his 30-day rehab window to get ready, so he projects to join the Athletics’ rotation by mid-August if all goes well.

Anderson was emerging as one of the game’s best young left-handed starters prior to the surgery, posting a 3.66 ERA through 62 major league starts. The 24-year-old is under contract for $5.5 million next season while the A’s hold club options for 2014 and 2015.

  1. siknasty - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Let’s hope Brett comes back with that nasty slider of his. Although the slider is surely what did his elbow in, it also gave him that lethal put out pitch. Siknassstyyy

  2. APBA Guy - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    This is going to get a lot of “thumbs down” but the Great and Powerful Beane will be very careful with Brett over the last 2 months of the season. He’s no doubt being looked upon for the haul of prospects he can bring, and once he’s healthy and proves he can still pitch, Beane has the Cahill and Gonzalez deals to use as benchmarks. I don’t expect to see much of Anderson in August and September. Just glimpses. Teases. Beane’s way of saying “let’s start the bidding at 4 prospects, two near major league ready and two with big arms.”

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