Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Brett Anderson took a step forward in his recovery from a stress fracture in his foot, throwing from 105 feet back. There still isn't a timetable on when Anderson will resume throwing from a mound -- the left-hander's next significant rehab step -- but manager Bob Melvin was nonetheless encouraged by the progress made yesterday, according to Jane Lee of MLB.com.
"That's definite progress," said manager Bob
Melvin, before adding with a smile, "He's throwing off his feet instead of
The Athletics will evaluate Anderson's timetable on Thursday when they return home from their current road trip. He's got a ways to go in his comeback from a right-foot injury, but if all continues to go well in his rehab the A's are hoping to get Anderson back into their rotation as early as August.
There are still several steps and much time between now and then, and with Anderson's injury history there is reason to doubt everything will continue to go well. The southpaw did receive some grace from the baseball gods when it was deemed that his foot injury didn't require surgery, which would have likely ended his season.
Still, injuries have plagued Anderson since he's been in the majors. He made 30 starts in his rookie campaign in 2009, but he's only appeared in 19, 13 and six games over the past three seasons. He made it through another six this year prior to suffering his injury.
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