Saturday, May 18, 2013
Impact of Anderson's injury
By Jason Catania
The bad news is Brett Anderson's foot injury will keep him out longer than expected. The good news? The Oakland Athletics are used to being without the left-hander.
Anderson, 25, was off to a poor start at 1-4 with a 6.25 ERA and has been on the disabled list with an ankle injury for the past three weeks. The latest news, though, is that Anderson has an unrelated stress fracture in his right foot and could miss up to six weeks.
Anderson was expected to return Friday after his minor league rehab assignment, but he felt pain in his foot while running in the outfield earlier in the week, according to the club, and was shut down again after a CT and bone scans revealed the stress fracture.
Where this gets tricky for the A's is the timing. If Anderson is, indeed, out for a month-and-a-half, that puts his return in early July. By that point, the A's will need to start figuring out whether they can rely on Anderson heading into the second half of the season -- or if they'll need to consider acquiring another starter for a postseason push.
While the club had a huge second half in 2012 to overtake the Texas Rangers and win the AL West title, Oakland has struggled in May, going 5-10, and is currently 6.5 games behind the Rangers.
Expect rookie Dan Straily, who hasn't been good in his five turns (1-2, 7.27 ERA, 1.46 WHIP), to continue to start in place of Anderson.