Although it’s three weeks past the non-waiver trade deadline,
the Oakland Athletics made a couple moves Monday that should
bolster their roster for a playoff push.
Sidelined for more than 14 months after Tommy John surgery,
Brett Anderson is slated to take the ball against the Minnesota
Twins on Tuesday night, when he should have Stephen Drew behind him
Anderson was activated from the 60-day disabled list prior to
Monday’s 7-2 loss to the Twins, which snapped Oakland’s four-game
winning streak, and will be appearing in his first game since June
5, 2011. The 24-year-old left-hander has lost more than 20 pounds
from his previous playing weight of 248, and noticed he felt
stronger later in games during his minor league appearances.
In six rehab starts, he went 1-1 with a 4.97 ERA.
“We feel like this could be a nice little shot in the arm for
us,” manager Bob Melvin said.
The A’s (65-56) are obviously hoping the acquisition of Drew
from Arizona on Monday for minor league infielder Sean Jamieson
will do the same.
The 29-year-old Drew is batting .193 with two home runs and 12
RBIs in 40 games since coming back June 26 from a fractured right
ankle that sidelined him for nearly a year. Despite his
unflattering numbers, the A’s haven’t been getting much production
as it is from Cliff Pennington and Adam Rosales. Oakland’s
shortstops are last in the majors in batting at .188 and in RBIs
“It’ll be refreshing and a new start,” Drew said. “It’s a good
feeling to go over there and still be competing (for the
The A’s are a half-game back of Baltimore for the AL’s final
“I want to go out there and pitch well because we need to win
ballgames,” said Anderson, who must earn and keep his spot in the
rotation. “So it’s going to be that much more pressure filled, but
I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Anderson won 11 games as a rookie in 2009 and led all Oakland
starters with a 2.80 ERA in 19 games the following year. Before his
injury last season, he was 3-6 with a 4.00 ERA.
He is 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA in his last three starts against the
Twins with 14 strikeouts to one walk over 21 2-3 innings.
This will be his first time facing Josh Willingham, who has been
wreaking havoc on his former team this season.
Willingham went 3 for 5 with a double and two RBIs Monday – just
the second win in 11 games for Minnesota (51-70) – and is batting
.444 with five homers and 14 RBIs in seven games against Oakland
Minnesota rookie Cole De Vries (2-4, 5.04 ERA), who allowed four
runs and eight hits in four innings of Wednesday’s 5-1 loss to
Detroit, has already faced the A’s twice. The right-hander gave up
two hits in five scoreless innings May 29 while walking five, but
yielded seven runs in five innings of a 9-3 loss July 14.
Yoenis Cespedes is 2 for 3 with a homer and double against De
Vries, while Josh Reddick is 2 for 5.
Cespedes, who singled and scored Monday, is 9 for 18 with six
RBIs and six runs in four games against Minnesota this year.