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Brett Anderson to start Tuesday for first time in 14 months

Aug 20, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Brett Anderson has been out since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in July of last year, but Kate Longworth of CSNBayArea.com reports that the A’s left-hander is scheduled to start Tuesday for the first time in 14 months.

Anderson has an 18/3 K/BB ratio in 25 innings while rehabbing in the minors and threw a bullpen session Saturday in front of the A’s brass, who apparently deemed him ready to face big-league hitters for the first time since June 5, 2011.

Before the injury Anderson was emerging as one of the best young left-handers in baseball and even after 14 months on the sidelines he’s still just 24 years old.

  1. APBA Guy - Aug 20, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    This is obviously good news for the A’s, but us fans would be wise to be cautious in our expectations. It can take months to regain touch and feel for the secondary pitches, and fastball command can fade in and out as arm strength builds and the inevitable dead-arm period arrives. Still, having him back allows the A’s to push back the starts of the rookies here and there, giving them some extra rest, as all of them (Parker, Milone, Griffin, and Straily) are at or above their previous career highs.

  2. shanemcdowell - Aug 20, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    The A’s were clearly paying attention to the Twins-Mariners series this weekend. Smart move picking the Twins as his first opponent.

    • dluxxx - Aug 20, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      You beat me to it. I was about to say the same thing.

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