Oakland Athletics’ left-hander Brett Anderson has been
plagued by injuries throughout his career. If his previous luck – or lack
thereof – were to continue, the A’s could expect negative results from a recent CT scan on the stress fracture in his right foot. However, Oakland and Anderson
received good news, as the southpaw’s ailment is healing meaning he’ll be able
to shed the walking boot he’s been sporting for the past seven weeks, according
to Jane Lee of MLB.com.
Because he’s out of his walking boot, Anderson can resume
weight-bearing activities immediately. This means he can take his first steps
toward returning to the mound.
Prior to receiving the good news, there was a serious chance
that Anderson could require surgery on his stress fracture which would have
ended his season. Instead, Oakland is now hoping to have him back by the end of
the 2013 campaign.
There’s still no clear timeframe on his return, but Anderson
could be back with the A’s around August. He made a similar return last season,
coming back in that instance from Tommy John surgery.
Between the two injuries, Anderson has only made 12
appearances in the majors over the past two seasons. Prior to his stress
fracture, Anderson was off to a rough start for Oakland, posting an ERA and
WHIP of 6.21 and 1.621 over six appearances – including five starts.
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