June 6, 2011A'S PAGE A'SVIDEO
If the A's were not already full of surprises in the wake of a six-game losing streak that has dropped them a season-high seven games out of first place behind Texas in the American League West, reports from Baltimore have left-hander Brett Anderson returning to the Bay Area to have his pitching elbow examined. He reportedly is concerned he may need season-ending Tommy John Surgery after a significant dip in his velocity and control in his last two starts.If Anderson is shut down for any period of time, he would join rotation mates Dallas Braden (season-ending shoulder surgery), Brandon McCarthy (stress reaction in shoulder) and Tyson Ross (left oblique strain) on the shelf. Bobby Cramer would also be a likely candidate to replace Anderson in the rotation.
Anderson has seen his ERA jump to 4.00 following back-to-back rough outings against the Red Sox and Yankees. He allowed nine earned runs in 5.1 innings against the Yankees May 31 in Oakland and five runs in five innings Sunday in Boston.
"Today was pretty much terrible," Anderson said after the loss to the Red Sox. "It's pretty much as bad a job as I can do. My stuff was pretty bad. I need to get my breaking ball to where it was. It's kind of rolling in there"
With less than 10 days to make a decision on Kevon Looney's contract for the 2017-18 season, it appears the Warriors are set to exercise his third-year option.
According to ESPN, the the Warriors will pick up the option, thus keeping Looney from becoming an unrestricted free agent following the upcoming 2016-17 season.
Taken with the No. 30 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Looney dealt with a hip injury during his rookie season and played in just five games. In 21 total minutes, he scored nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
In six preseason games, Looney averaged 12.2 minutes, 3.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest.
Looney made $1,131,960 last season. This season, he's scheduled to make $1,182,840. His option for the 2017-18 season is slated to be $1,233,840.
SANTA CLARA – Wide receiver DeAndre Smelter is getting a second chance with the 49ers to show them, for the first time, what he can do.
Smelter, a fourth-round draft pick in 2015, sat out his entire rookie season to rehab from a left ACL tear from his final season at Georgia Tech. And the 49ers never got much of a look at him in the offseason and training camp this year because of a right hamstring injury.
After being waived/injured in September, Smelter spent more than six weeks getting healthy and dropping weight from 227 pounds to 210. The 49ers signed Smelter this week to the practice squad to replace Dres Anderson.
“I tried to drop the weight down to make it easier on my body,” he said. “I feel a lot lighter on my feet. Just out there running around, everything is a little easier. I feel smoother out there. Everything feels a lot more effortless.”
Smelter did not work out for any other teams during his time as a free agent. He spent most of his time in the Bay Area getting healthy. He traveled to the Dallas area to work with David Robinson, a trainer who runs D-Rob Sports & Fitness Training with a clientele list that includes Adrian Peterson, Emmanuel Sanders and Reuben Randle.
What did he work on? “Everything,” Smelter said. “I’m new to the position. I’m still learning a lot.”
Smelter attended college on a baseball scholarship before transitioning to football. He played 25 games at Georgia Tech, which runs the triple-option offense. In his final college season, he caught 35 passes for 715 yards and seven touchdowns.