Melvin impressed with Anderson's progress

April 11, 2012, 6:42 pm
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Brett Anderson came out of Tuesdays bullpen session welland will continue his rehab with another trip to the bullpen mound Friday inArizona, according to As manager Bob Melvin.Prior to Wednesdays series finale against the Kansas City Royals, Melvin said his24-year-old left-handers hard work has been paying off as he attempts to getback on the mound following Tommy John surgery last July.His bullpens have been really terrific, Melvin said. Watching him throw, youdthink hes rehabbing something else.Anderson threw 45 pitches Tuesday, including his fastball, curve, slider and changeup. The goal is for him to continueto throw in the bullpen every three days until hes ready for live battingpractice, which could come as soon as next week.He has the potential to be a top of the rotation guy, Melvin said.Until Anderson is back to full strength, Melvins top of the rotation includesBrandon McCarthy and Bartolo Colon, two starters the As manager said he wasimpressed with considering the unusual scheduling to start the season.Based on all the variables, theyve done a nice job, Melvin said. GrahamGodfrey and Tommy Milone have also done well.
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Melvin has had a chance to see the first four starters in his rotation at leastonce now, but projected No. 5 starter Tyson Ross is in Sacramento with theTriple-A River Cats until the As schedule forces Melvin to use a five-manrotation.Ross allowed one run in four innings on April 8, but walked three, threw a wildpitch and quickly racked up 70 pitches, 38 of which were strikes.He pitched out of jams, Melvin said when asked what type of report he hadreceived on Ross. Maybe not his best command, though. Overall, the numberswere fine but hes got to be more precise.