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Brett Anderson has a stress fracture in his right foot

May 17, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

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Athletics starter Brett Anderson has not pitched in a game since his April 29 start against the Angels due to ongoing problems with his right foot. In the time since, the A’s have had the lefty run and throw side sessions, and they even had him make a rehab start, but the injury never seemed to go away.

The team’s official Twitter reported today that Anderson has a navicular stress fracture of his right foot, and that he will be reevaluated in four weeks. Susan Slusser suggests a two-month absence for Anderson when you factor in rehab starts.

In 29 innings, Anderson has a 6.21 ERA on the season. When he is healthy — which hasn’t been often — he can be effective by inducing weak contact and limiting walks. Dan Straily had taken his place, but the results weren’t any better as his 7.27 ERA in 29 innings has the right-hander’s rotation spot in jeopardy. Slusser says the A’s could take a look at 2011 first-round pick Sonny Gray, who has been performing well with Triple-A Sacramento thus far.

  1. insidefastball - May 18, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Anderson is really starting to follow the Rich Harden career path. He is great when he is actually available (which is about 1/3 of the time). However, eventually all of these injuries are going to reduce his effectiveness.

  2. clydeserra - May 18, 2013 at 4:12 AM

    May have come in on the 29th, but he hasn’t pitched since the 30th.

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