Found April 20, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
After a difficult couple of injury-affected years, it doesn't seem as though Oakland pitcher Brett Anderson is going to have it any easier in 2013. The A's left-hander came out of Friday's loss to the Tampa Bay Rays after just one inning with a right ankle sprain after giving up 4 runs to the Rays. John Hickey of the San Jose Mercury News reported that Anderson hurt his right ankle on the penultimate pitch of the first inning to Yunel Escobar. He then left Tropicana Field wearing an air cast to combat the pain and swelling from the injury. Anderson was frank about both the injury and his brief outing after the game: "I just landed on it, and it felt not good," Anderson said. "I came up, and it stiffened up pretty good. It's kind of depressing because I'm talking about injuries and stuff and not baseball. This is a sour note. The team goes out and has a good first inning, then I go out and walk the leadoff hitter. I'm notorious for not walking guys, and I've got to go back to the drawing board and see what's wrong."  According to Hickey, trainer Nick Paparesta said that the club wouldn't know any more about the severity of the injury until Anderson reports to the park today (Saturday). Anderson's comments about his walks are based on the fact that he has walked 11 batters in 19 2/3 innings so far this season, a walk rate of 5 batters per 9 innings. His career BB/9 is just 2.3. If the injury results in Anderson missing his next start, Dan Straily is likely to be the beneficiary. Relatively unknown at the start of 2012, Straily had an excellent season in the minor leagues, leading the minors in strikeouts and getting a call-up at the end of the season. He made 7 starts for the A's but struggled a little in his first big-league stint, giving up 11 home runs in those 7 starts. He has made one start for the A's in the majors this season, an impressive 6.2 inning, 11 strikeout effort with just two earned runs. Straily was sent back down to make way for Bartolo Colon, returning after a suspension. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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