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Brett Anderson pulled from start with right oblique strain

Sep 19, 2012, 9:11 PM EDT

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Unfortunate bit of news here for the Athletics.

According to Jane Lee of MLB.com, left-hander Brett Anderson was lifted in the third inning of his start Wednesday night against the Tigers after straining his right oblique while delivering a pitch.

Oblique injuries often take more than two weeks to recover from and they’re typically prone to setbacks, which means Anderson probably won’t throw another pitch during the 2012 regular season. But he could be ready if the A’s are able to advance to the ALDS.

The 24-year-old has posted a 2.57 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in six starts since returning in mid-August from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, fanning 25 batters and walking only seven in 35 innings.

Oakland entered play Wednesday with a slight lead for the first Wild Card spot in the American League.

  1. chill1184 - Sep 19, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Damm that sucks, get well Anderson

  2. APBA Guy - Sep 20, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    It looked like he hurt it initially fielding the second of two excellent Tiger bunts in a row to open the third inning. He will be missed.

  3. dawgpoundmember - Sep 20, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    It was on a 2-2 pitch, so if he injured it prior to pitching to Delmon, I love the guys heart, even tho it was Delmon.

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