On Thursday night, Brett Anderson made a rehab start with the Stockton Ports, the Oakland Athletics’ High-A affiliate.
Anderson threw 3 1/3 innings, gave up five hits, five runs, walked two, and struck out six. According to Stockton Ports broadcaster Zack Bayrouty, Anderson threw 63 pitches, 36 of which were for strikes.
“I got my innings and pitches and stuff and got some strikeouts,” Anderson said after his outing. “The results don’t really matter too much. It’s just [about] feeling good and I feel fine, so that’s positive.”
Anderson will throw a bullpen session in Oakland and the team will see where he goes from there. There was some internal organization talk about moving him into the bullpen, however, that doesn’t appear to be likely.
“As of now, I’m a starter, so until they tell me otherwise, I’ll go in and do my routine every five days and go from there,” Anderson said.
He has said that he hasn’t really focused on the injury when he’s on the mound, but rather the recovery.
“My mindset once I get on the mound is to focus on pitching and trying to get people out,” Anderson said. “You can’t really think about it when you’re out there otherwise you won’t be focused on what your task is.”
Anderson hopes to contribute to the A’s down the line and in a possible postseason push.
“Baseball and your body’s a funny thing,” Anderson said. “Never would’ve expected to have a stress fracture in my foot. Y’know, weird injury like that. But that’s part of the process and part of the deal sometimes. You have to deal with it as it comes. I’d rather have it this way than the other way where I play all the way up until the end and if I’m gonna be there in the end, I wanna be there in the end with everybody. Hopefully, I could come back and contribute like I did last year, and make it to the playoffs and hopefully farther.”