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Brett Anderson to return from injury, start Game 3 for A’s

Oct 8, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

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As soon as Oakland included Brett Anderson on the ALDS roster despite not pitching since injuring his oblique on September 19 it was clear they planned for him to start a game against Detroit and sure enough he’ll get the call for Game 3 tomorrow night.

And if the A’s are able to extend the series with a victory in the Anderson-Anibal Sanchez matchup Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that they’d turn to Game 162 starter A.J. Griffin for Game 4.

Before the oblique injury Anderson had pitched very well in his return from Tommy John elbow surgery, starting six games with a 2.57 ERA and 25/7 K/BB ratio in 35 innings. Relying on him for what is truly a must-win game is risky simply because he hasn’t faced big-league hitters in three weeks, but he reported no problems following a bullpen session Saturday.

  1. scatterbrian - Oct 8, 2012 at 5:13 PM

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    • scatterbrian - Oct 8, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      that went well…

  2. scatterbrian - Oct 8, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    “Relying on him for what is truly a must-win game is risky simply because he hasn’t faced big-league hitters in three weeks…”

    It’s Anderson or a rookie, or a rookie, or a rookie. Pick your poison….

    • APBA Guy - Oct 8, 2012 at 6:32 PM

      Exactly right. It’s win or go home no matter who’s on the hill. If Anderson’s bullpen’s were good enough to get the call, he’s at least got some tenure to go with his 94-95 heat and hard slider. Let’s hope Bob doesn’t push him past the 6th though, if he makes it that far.

      • scatterbrian - Oct 8, 2012 at 8:57 PM

        You’re right, but we should watch pitch count rather than inning count.

  3. pantherpro - Oct 8, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Will it even sellout? They couldnt fill the dump all year!

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