A's Anderson to rehab as reliever
Oakland Athletics' injured starting pitcher Brett Anderson is set to make a rehab appearance this weekend, with one surprise twist.
A's manager Bob Melvin says Anderson will work as a relief pitcher when he begins a rehab stint on Saturday with Triple-A Sacramento.
Anderson was placed on the 60-day disabled list on June 14 with a stress fracture in his right foot.
Anderson is scheduled for two innings in relief. The 25-year old threw a 28-pitch simulated game on Tuesday.
"The ball was coming out of his hand well," A's outfielder Seth Smith told CSN Bay Area. "His slider had some sharp break."
Melvin says Anderson's transition to a relief role could "get him back [to the major leagues] quicker".
The second-round pick in 2006 was the opening day starter for the A's this season, but he has not appeared in a major league game since April 29.
Before the injury, Anderson went 1-4 with a 6.21 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, 29 strikeouts and 15 walks in 29 innings pitched over five starts in 2013.