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Brett Anderson Back in Bay Area

June 6, 2011

In a cascading few weeks of ever worsening news, Brett Anderson is headed back to the Bay Area as we speak to have his elbow examined reports Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News writing,

“Multiple team sources confirmed Monday that A’s left-hander Brett Anderson is heading back to the Bay Area to have his left elbow checked.

Anderson spent two stints on the disabled list last season because of an elbow injury, and his recent struggles suggest that something might be wrong physically.

He said after Sunday’s loss to Boston — when he gave up five runs over five innings — that his slider has lost velocity. Over the past several starts, his fastball seems to have done the same, judging by stadium radar guns.

Anderson has touched the 95-96 mph range in the past, but his fastball has clocked more often in the low 90s for the past several starts.”

This is terrible news for an already devastated Athletics pitching rotation which is dealing with the season-ending (and career threatening) injury to Dallas Braden along with injuries with no set date of return for both Brandon McCarthy and Tyson Ross. Should Brett Anderson go down the A’s likely will call upon left-handed pitcher Bobby Cramer to fill his spot, unless they make a 40-man roster move and bring up either Travis Banwart or Graham Godfrey both of whom have had very good years pitching in the Pacific Coast League. A 40-man roster move could be easily facilitated by moving Braden to the 60-day disabled list.

An injury to Brett Anderson would likely spell the end of any hope of contention for the A’s and as mentioned by Stiglich, Anderson has been beset  by elbow problems in the past. A rotation of Trevor Cahill, Gio Gonzalez, Josh Outman, Guillermo Moscoso and Bobby Cramer would likely take one of the preseason’s best rotations and turn it into one of the worser five-man sets in the American League. We’ll keep you updated on any news.

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  1. June 6, 2011 5:54 pm

    Whoa whoa whoa there buddy. The back end of the rotation has been good–it’s been Cahill and Anderson who have been inconsistent as of late. Bobby Cramer is a strange pick, considering that he’s gotten shellacked in triple-A, and, as you mentioned, Graham Godfrey and Travis Banwart have decent numbers, but plenty of teams don’t have consistent starting from their fourth and fifth guys in the rotation and do okay–because they don’t have anemic offenses. Cue Scott Sizemore and Adam Rosales to replace LaRoche and Kouzmanoff and cue Willingham to replace Matsui in the DH spot and an outfield of Dejesus, Sweeney and Crisp. And, as if it could get any better, cue the Orioles, White Sox and Royals. It’s June 6, buddy. The end of the season is still a long, long ways away.

    • June 6, 2011 8:09 pm

      I agree as of late Cahill and Anderson have been problematic in the rotation. But a rotation of Cahill, Gonzalez, Outman, Moscoso and Cramer/Banwart/Godfrey is quite handily the worst in the American League West. We are talking a very very weak back end, not just a medium-to-OK back end. Outman has no control. Moscoso has looked good but really doesn’t have a wealth of experience and what you get from Banwart/Cramer/Godfrey is unknown. I think Cramer is the top choice to replace Anderson should he hit the DL, because first off that’s what I am hearing, and thus far the A’s haven’t seemed interested in making many 40-man roster moves.

      Scott Sizemore is not the answer, he may be a good stopgap but I don’t think he will be much better than a league average third baseman. Adam Rosales is not someone that I think will ever be a starter in the Majors. An outfielder of DeJesus, Sweeney and Crisp does well and while I agree there is much to be played, we also are over a third of the way through the season and the Rangers are beginning to separate from us and also we have two other teams ahead of us to skip ahead of too. With everyone healthy or even losing one or two guys I felt we could compete but if we lose Anderson for any period of time we really aren’t going very far in my mind. I’d love to be proven wrong that being said.

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