Anderson heading to Sacramento for rehab outing

Anderson heading to Sacramento for rehab outing
August 13, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Brett Anderson was 1-4 with a 6.21 ERA before leaving a game on April 28 with a sore ankle. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

OAKLAND -- Brett Anderson will throw two innings in relief Saturday at Triple-A Sacramento, his first in-game action since April 29.

A's manager Bob Melvin made the announcement Tuesday after Anderson threw a 28-pitch simulated game against two hitters earlier and worked on fielding drills earlier in the day. Anderson faced Nate Freiman and Seth Smith.

"The ball was coming out of his hand well," Smith said. "His slider had some sharp break.

"It was as much as you could take from a 3 o'clock, teammate vs. teammate workout session."

Melvin also said the potential remains that the left-handed Anderson, Oakland's opening day starter, could return to the A's as a relief pitcher since that would "get him back quicker" to the big leagues.

The thinking, of course, being that Anderson would not have to be stretched out as long if he were coming back as a starter.

The A's have taken their time in bringing back Anderson, who had a stress fracture in his right foot.