A's Fearing Worst Regarding Brett Anderson's Ailing Left Elbow

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Source On Brett Anderson: 'Looks Like He's Done'

Brett Anderson had an MRI on his ailing elbow on Friday, and though results haven't been disclosed, everyone seems to have a bad, bad feeling:

#athletics fearing worst regarding Brett Anderson's elbow. No word on exam results today, but a team source told me: "Looks like he's done"

We'll await confirmation, but if this is true, it goes without saying that it is a big, big blow to the A's, and rather dramatically changes the outlook of the rest of the season in the AL West.


Brett Anderson Again Knocked Out By Elbow Trouble

The Oakland A's got a big lift when Brett Anderson came off the DL and threw 5.2 shutout innings against the Tigers in his first start back last week. Unfortunately, Anderson's second start back Thursday afternoon didn't go so well, as he had to come out after just two innings of work. And the reason?

Anderson left the game due to left elbow soreness.

There's no word yet on the severity of the injury, or if Anderson's removal was precautionary, but it's worth noting that his fastball was missing about 2mph from where it usually is. That's troubling on its own, and extra troubling given that he was just recovering from an injury to the same elbow.

Stay tuned. Another significant injury to Brett Anderson is the last thing the Oakland A's need.


Pain-Free Throwing Session Puts Brett Anderson On Track For Return

A's ace starter Brett Anderson has been out of action since April 24th with a forearm strain. He was given a 4-6 week timeline, and he seems to be on track to hit it:

Brett Anderson threw 30 balls in outfield (pain-free), Geren said he'll hopefully be back on mound in 2-3 weeks.

Anderson's original timeline put him at a late May/early June return. If he gets back to a mound in 2-3 weeks, then - assuming some rehab work and no setbacks - he shouldn't be delayed any more than was already expected. Which would be big news for a team that's struggling to stay atop a miserable division.

Trevor Cahill has allowed nine runs in ten innings filling in for Anderson so far.


Olney: Anderson Will Be Out 4-6 Weeks

There's no official word yet on Brett Anderson's status, but Buster Olney offers some info:

Heard this: Brett Anderson will be out the next 4 to 6 weeks, with the flexor strain.

If true, that would be a big blow to an A's team that leans on Anderson at the front of the rotation. While Anderson is out, his replacement in the rotation is likely to be one of Vin Mazzaro or Trevor Cahill. Both have had success in AAA Sacramento in the early going.


Forearm Strain Likely Not Serious, But Brett Anderson Still Going On The DL

Brett Anderson downplayed the injury that knocked him out of a start last Saturday, calling it "more like a cramp than anything else." However, even though the injury is believed to be fairly minor, Anderson's still going to go on the shelf:

Brett Anderson to go on dl with forearm strain. Landon Powell called up and in the lineup.

Anderson will have a contrast MRI done on his elbow in the near future to give the team a better idea of his condition, and when he'll be able to return. In the meantime, the A's will have to get by without one of their only starting pitchers to throw consistent strikes in the early going. Dallas Braden has put up an excellent April, but Ben Sheets, Justin Duchscherer, and Gio Gonzalez have combined for 35 walks and 46 strikeouts in 69.2 innings.


A's Brett Anderson Leaves Game Vs. Indians With Elbow Tightness

Brett Anderson, the Athletics' 22-year-old left-hander, has been regarded by some as the future ace of the Oakland rotation -- a sentiment that has grown more popular on the heels of Anderson's start to the 2010 season.

Anderson had to leave Saturday's game, however, due to elbow tightness. From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Brett Anderson, recently given a multi-year deal that could take him through his first year of free agency and pay him as much as $31 million, exited with tightness in his left elbow after throwing 80 pitches.

We don't know yet whether this is serious, but we'll follow up with more information as it becomes available.

In the meantime, be sure to check in with our Oakland A's blog, Athletics Nation.

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