Jimmy Durkin filling in for Joe Stiglich
A’s left-hander Brett Anderson faced live batters Friday afternoon, the first time doing so since he was shut down for a few days with forearm tightness in May.
Anderson threw 25 pitches and was able to throw his whole repertoire.
“(He) threw all his pitches. Breaking balls, the whole bit,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “That’s kind of the first step. He’ll throw a bullpen here on Sunday and then I think the next step is go to Arizona and do two innings.”
Melvin is unsure when Anderson could begin a minor league rehab stint.
“You always get yourself in trouble and there’s always some hurdles,” Melvin said. “Last time he was speeding through it so quickly and he had to be shut down for a little while. It’s encouraging what we’re seeing but I think until he actually gets through these simulated games and so forth, it’s tough to put a date on it.”
Dallas Braden also threw a bullpen session of roughly 40 pitches. Melvin did not watch that session and didn’t have a report on how it went.
Collin Cowgill was among the batters to face Anderson in his simulated game and could be nearing a rehab stint.
“I think we’re getting closer with him to getting out and doing a rehab or something like that but not quite there yet,” Melvin said.
Now that you’re set on the injury front, here’s tonight’s lineups.
A’s lineup — Crisp CF, Weeks 2B, Reddick RF, Cespedes LF, Smith DH, Moss 1B, Norris C, Inge 3B, Pennington SS, Milone LHP (8-6, 3.73 ERA)
Mariners lineup — Suzuki DH, Wells LF, Saunders CF, Olivo C, Seager 3B, Smoak 1B, Peguero RF, Ackley 2B, Ryan SS, Millwood RHP (3-6, 4.00 ERA).