When the Los Angeles Angels come to town Monday night to begin a three-game set with the A’s, it will be Dan Straily toeing the rubber for the A’s instead of Brett Anderson to get things going.
The decision to skip a start for Anderson is due to a sprained ankle he suffered two starts ago against the Tampa Bay Rays. Anderson was able to make his next scheduled start against the Boston Red Sox, but he had another rough outing, lasting just four innings and allowing six runs on eight hits and a pair of walks.
At this point, the A’s do not believe that Anderson will miss more than one start and he will avoid being placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Straily, who was dominant in an 11-strikeout performance against the Houston Astros in his only other Major League start this season, has pitched lights-out in the minors this season. He is 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA in three starts for the River Cats since his demotion. In 18.2 innings pitched, Straily has only allowed a pair of runs in the minor...