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Brett Anderson goes two innings in first rehab start

Jul 22, 2012, 9:41 AM EDT

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Oakland left-hander Brett Anderson started a live, professional baseball game on Saturday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last July. It didn’t go too well, but the results are less of a concern right now than the fact that he’s healthy and making steady progress.

According to Jane Lee of, Anderson allowed two runs on four hits over two innings of work at High-A Stockton. He hit a batter and didn’t get a strikeout while throwing 15 of his 35 pitches for balls.

Anderson will likely make two or three more rehab starts in High-A before moving on to the Double-A or Triple-A level. If all goes smoothly, he could be back in the Athletics’ starting rotation by the end of August.

The 24-year-old southpaw owns a 3.66 career ERA and 1.27 career WHIP in 62 major league starts.

  1. hcf95688 - Jul 22, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Great news! If Anderson is able to come all the way back, the A’s will be adding a legitimate front of the rotation starter to what is already the best pitching in the American League.

  2. APBA Guy - Jul 22, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Yes, this is nothing but positive for the A’s. The good thing is, with the young A’s pitching so well, the team can take its time making sure Anderson is all the way back. Then when the rookies start hitting their innings limits they can work Anderson into the rotation.

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