A’s left-hander Brett Anderson plays catch for first time since injuring oblique

Checking in on getaway day in Arlington, as the A’s wrap up a challenging 20-game stretch in which they played 17 times on the road …

–Brett Anderson played catch for the first time since being sidelined with a strained right oblique. He made 20 throws from 60 feet and 15 throws from 75 feet and simply stated, “It went well,” as he walked past reporters in the dugout.

No word yet on what step might be next for Anderson, but considering he hasn’t been out very long — he suffered the injury Sept. 19 — it’s conceivable Anderson could return for the postseason if he were to start throwing from the mound soon. Could he return for the A.L. wild card game on Oct. 5 were the A’s to play in that? When Anderson first suffered the injury, he expressed hope that maybe he could. That might be rushing it judging by the current timetable, but perhaps manager Bob Melvin will shed more light on the situation after today’s game.

The A’s are 12-7 so far on this 20-game stretch, 4-5 on the 10-game trip that concludes today.

“I’m proud of these guys, the way they’ve played,” Melvin said. “Seventeen out of 20, and even those three at home were really a road trip too. It’s just a three-game stop. These guys have battled really hard, lost some dramatic games, won some dramatic games right after that. There hasn’t been one game where they appeared to just be let down. That’s pretty impressive this time of year.”

The lineups:

A’s — Drew SS, Gomes LF, Cespedes DH, Carter 1B, Moss RF, Donaldson 3B, Reddick CF, Norris C, Rosales 2B; Blackley LHP.

Rangers — Kinsler 2B, Andrus SS, Hamilton LF, Beltre 3B, Cruz RF, Young 1B, Napoli DH, Soto C, Gentry CF; Harrison LHP.

Joe Stiglich