Anderson throws bullpen, Pujols out for Angels

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OAKLAND — A’s pitcher Brett Anderson threw 51 pitches during an up-down bullpen session on Saturday as he continues his rehab from a sprained right ankle.
“I think the effort he used today was closer to game effort so he is progressing the way we want him to progress and we’ll see where the next step goes,” A’s pitching coach Curt Young said.
Anderson warmed up like he would at the start of a game by throwing long toss before beginning his first bullpen session. He sat down to simulate the break between innings — “Curt said we scored two runs,” Anderson said — then got back up for his final 25 pitches.
“It was good,” Anderson said. “Going into it I felt like there wouldn’t be any problems, but you never know how you’re going to react to sitting.”
The next step is likely for Anderson to throw a simulated game. The team will wait until Sunday to see how Anderson feels, then come up with a plan for the next step.
n Albert Pujols was out of the Angels lineup Saturday and was sent back to Southern California to have his left foot examined. The foot’s bothered him throughout the season and was aggravated while running to first after singling in the ninth on Friday night.
“He’s sore,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Right at the end when he got the hit in the ninth inning, just running, it didn’t feel good. He’ll be evaluated today and we’ll see what’s going on.”
Scioscia didn’t rule out a trip to the disabled list for Pujols.
n The A’s are wearing bright gold 1969 throwback uniforms for Saturday’s game. A’s manager Bob Melvin seemed a bit uncomfortable in the colorful uniforms, but overall said he liked the idea of wearing the old threads.
“I watched these teams when I was younger so that makes it kind of cool,” said Melvin, a Bay Area native. “When I saw Chip Hale put on his uniform earlier with his No. 14, I instantly thought of Vida Blue.”
Melvin said Hale, the A’s bench coach, was particularly excited about the throwbacks and was in uniform by 8 a.m.

Jimmy Durkin

Jimmy Durkin is a sports writer for the Bay Area News Group.