Anderson willing to pay price for A’s win Monday

If the cost for winning Monday’s 19-inning monster of a game was a trip to the disabled list, A’s starter Brett Anderson was willing to pay it.

Anderson was supposed to have the night off. Dan Straily had been called up to make the start in his place so that Anderson could rest and be back in the rotation this coming weekend.

That happened, but when the game went extra innings, the A’s began to run out of pitching. Anderson was rested, and at the moment his foot wasn’t giving him any particular difficulty.

    But 5.1 innings later, that was no longer the case. The ankle began to cause pain, and Jerry Blevins, who would turn out to be the eventual winning pitcher, took over. Resting Anderson Monday might have kept him from going on the disabled list, but “we don’t win that game without him,’’ manager Bob Melvin said.

And no one knows that better than Anderson, who said he’s satisfied to trade two weeks on the DL for a big win. And the two weeks on the DL could get him healthy for the rest of the season. At least that’s the hope.

“It started to stiffen up at the end there,’’ Anderson said. “I wasn’t supposed to pitch, but we were running out of guys, and it was my day (to throw on the side). It was a game where I could save the bullpen some.

“You’re always disappointed to go on the disabled list, especially with my (injury) history. But I feel good about stepping up big for the team.’’

Melvin called it “a gutsy effort.’’

Anderson spent much of the last two seasons on the disabled list and had been hoping to avoid it this year. Still “Baseball goes like that sometimes,” he said.

“We don’t win the game without him,’’ the manager said. “But now we feel the need to give him complete rest, and this will do it.’’

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.