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May 17, 2013
Anderson frustrated by new injury, hopes to pitch again in 2013

OAKLAND -- Brett Anderson made his way into the A's clubhouse today on crutches with a protective boot on his right foot, and said while the diagnosis of a stress fracture in the foot is "frustrating and disappointing and all the other similar adjectives," he expects to pitch again this season.

The injury came as a surprise to Anderson. Although it's the same foot as the sprained ankle that landed him on the disabled list May 1, he said the area of the fracture didn't begin to bother him until Monday, when he was doing some running in the outfield. He had made a rehab start at Double-A San Antonio on Sunday and said he felt good then.

While running Monday, he said, "the other side of my foot started hurting." That led to his having CT and bone scans that revealed the fracture. Oddly, Anderson said, pitching off a mound bothers him less than running and walking -- likely because of the downhill slope of the mound, he said.

"It wasn't like it was a pop," Anderson said. "Came in one day and the soreness was gone on one side, then came in the next day and it was sore on the other side."

Anderson has spent much of the past three seasons on the disabled list. What's especially frustrating about the timing of this injury, he said, is that it comes after he put in a lot of work recovering from Tommy John surgery last year -- he returned to make six starts in the regular season before straining his oblique -- and that his arm "hasn't felt this good in a long time."

Anderson said he doesn't know what kind of work he'll be able to do to keep his arm in shape. He's supposed to keep weight off the foot, so throwing off a mound is out. He said he might have to "play darts or something" to maintain his arm. He hadn't yet talked with team trainers about what kind of rehab he'll be able to do.

"It's all kind of new and kind of fresh, and I'm still processing it, but you can't feel sorry for yourself," Anderson said. "There could be worse things I could be doing. I'm still 25, I'm still young. Never like to be injury-prone, but maybe I can get all this stuff out of the way now and eventually be healthy and make consecutive starts and pitch like I know I can in this league.

"It's probably most disappointing for myself, because like I said, I have high expectations for myself. I think I'm one of the best pitchers in the game when I'm healthy. I just need to be healthy."

Right-hander Dan Straily will remain in the A's rotation for now, manager Bob Melvin said. Melvin said of Anderson: "You really feel bad for him. Us on top of that, but him in particular, having to go through another thing like this is difficult."

* In other injury news, Melvin said the A's hope to activate outfielder Chris Young from the DL before tomorrow's game against the Royals. Young played in a rehab game at Triple-A Sacramento last night and chased down several fly balls and stole a base before leaving the game early with leg cramps.

Young said the cramps weren't in his quad -- the area he had injured -- and he thinks they were just a product of constantly moving around during the game trying to stay loose. Young said he was going to do some "explosive running" on the field this afternoon and also hopes to return tomorrow.

"The main thing is that the sooner you come back the better," Young said. "But the last thing you want to do is come back and re-aggravate something.

"Part of my effectiveness is my legs, being able to run and steal bases and run down balls in the outfield as well. ... If you're an outfielder your legs have to be right, so I think the team just wants to make sure I'm ready."

* Melvin said the decision to call up Hideki Okajima was largely to have another left-hander in the bullpen, with the A's wanting to be careful with how much they use Sean Doolittle and having deployed Jerry Blevins 19 times already through 42 games.

"He's been throwing the ball really well, and against left-handed hitters in particular," Melvin said of Okajima, who was 0-1 with a 2.16 ERA in 14 games in Sacramento.

Chris Resop, who was designated for assignment, was one of the A's more reliable relievers in early April but had allowed nine runs in his last seven outings, including two home runs in the 10th inning of Oakland's 6-5 loss to the Rangers on Tuesday. Melvin said Resop has simply "gone through a difficult time."

"Whether or not he clears (waivers) and we're able to keep him, we'll see, but I have no bad things to say about him," Melvin said. "He struggled here recently, but nothing bad to say about him."

* Here's the A's lineup for tonight's opener against the Royals:

CF Crisp
2B Lowrie
LF Cespedes
RF Moss
3B Donaldson
DH Smith
C Norris
1B Barton
SS Rosales
P Parker

And the Royals against the A's and Parker:

RF Lough
SS Escobar
LF Gordon
DH Butler
1B Hosmer
CF Cain
3B Moustakas
C Perez
2B Johnson
P Shields

* Finally, John Jaso said he's still feeling the effects of taking a pitch off his right shin in the series finale against the Rangers on Wednesday. Jaso said he was having trouble walking yesterday, and Melvin said if there had been a game yesterday Jaso wouldn't have been available. Melvin said Jaso might be available to pinch-hit tonight, and the A's hope he'll be able to play Saturday.

-- Matt Kawahara

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Matt KawaharaMatt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee’s sports staff in fall 2011.
Email: mkawahara@sacbee.com.
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