Anderson suffers oblique strain
DETROIT — A’s lefty Brett Anderson threw just 48 pitches in his start against the Tigers on Wednesday, before exiting with one out in the third because of a right oblique strain.
It’s a tough blow for the A’s, considering oblique injuries typically call for at least two weeks of rest and often more. Anderson could potentially be done for the regular season, though it’s unclear the severity of the injury.
The 24-year-old southpaw fell to the ground while throwing a 2-2 pitch to Delmon Young, departing the game with the bases loaded having already given up two runs in the frame. He finished allowing three runs on three hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings, with one strikeout.
Righty Pat Neshek was called in from the bullpen to replace Anderson, who was making his sixth start of a season that was previously defined by Tommy John rehab. Before a five-run outing against the Angels last week, Anderson had surrendered just two combined runs over his first 26 innings.
Should Anderson miss his next start Monday in Texas, as he’s expected to, the A’s are likely to turn to versatile lefty Travis Blackley, who is currently stationed in the bullpen as a long-relief option.
Oakland just begun a crucial 10-game road trip through Detroit, New York and Texas and, outside of Anderson, its other four starters are all rookies.