OAKLAND – Left-handed pitcher Brett Anderson pitched a simulated inning in front of manager Bob Melvin before Tuesday’s game.
Anderson “threw the ball well,” Melvin said. Therefore, it’s time to ramp up his rehab from a sprained right ankle. That entails a two-inning stint in relief for Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday, Melvin said.
“Each and every time there’s been a lot of life on the ball, the intensity level is there and he wants to get back as soon as he can,” Melvin said. “He threw 28 pitches … and we treated it like a big-league inning.”
Anderson has missed 90 games – including Tuesday’s game against the Houston Astros — since he got injured.
Melvin said he isn’t sure whether Anderson will return to the starting rotation or pitch in relief once he is removed from the disabled list. Anderson will enter the game in the middle innings, Melvin said, so that he can get accustomed to that feeling.
In other news, catcher John Jaso traveled to Pittsburgh so that he could be evaluated by concussion expert Dr. Michael Collins.
Jaso arrived in Pittsburgh on Monday and met with Dr. Collins on Tuesday. Melvin said the A’s are awaiting the results from the examination. Jaso has missed the past 17 games.