A’s Anderson on track for opening day start

PHOENIX – The A’s almost had a bit of news this morning.

They posted the first starts for three expected members of the starting rotation, including Brett Anderson, who pitches against the Cubs in Mesa Thursday after A.J. Griffin faces the Diamondbacks today in Scottsdale and Dan Straily throws Wednesday at home against the Padres.

Anderson has widely been expected to be named the opening day starter. And if you write him in for four days off between each Cactus League start beginning Thursday, he would wind up being on normal rest April 1 when Oakland begins the season at home against Seattle.

While the numbers add up, the A’s aren’t exactly ready to make it official. For one thing, pitching coach Curt Young and manager Bob Melvin haven’t told Anderson or any of the starters about their positions. Until that happens, there’s not going to be an opening day announcement.

Look for the pitchers to be told in the next day or three and the official announcement to come out by Friday.

Anderson a 25-year-old lefty, has a career record of 25-25 with a 3.57 ERA, but after coming off the disabled list he was 4-2 with a 2.57 ERA down the stretch in 2012, helping Oakland run down Texas for the American League West title.

Anderson is expected to be followed by Jarrod Parker, Tommy Milone, Griffin and Straily the first time through the rotation. After that, Bartolo Colon’s suspension will be up and he’ll be ready to move in and displace one of the five, probably Griffin or Straily.

John Hickey

A longtime baseball writer three years into in his second go-round covering to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.