Anderson: 'I was probably the worst part of the day'
Brett Anderson was forced to leave Friday night's game in the eighth inning after his back tightened up. (AP)
ARLINGTON, Texas – Reliever Brett Anderson is expected to miss a couple of games with back spasms, but the injury does not appear serious.
“He’s probably better than we expected,” manager Bob Melvin said before Saturday’s game against the Texas Rangers. “It might be a couple days but I don’t think it’s gonna be a long-term thing.”
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Anderson left Friday night’s game after just two batters when his back tightened up. He wore an ice pack around his back after the game as he addressed reporters but didn’t believe he would be out long.
He said he went to great lengths to stay hydrated before Friday’s game to combat the heat and humidity, with the hope of avoiding cramping or any other related injury.
“I’ve had more electrolytes and water today than in the past month,” Anderson said Friday night.
After he left the game, the A’s watched nearly all of a seven-run lead evaporate before Sean Doolittle finally closed out a 9-8 win.
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Ryan Cook, one of four relievers who pitched in Texas’ six-run eighth, faced three batters and gave up a bases-loaded walk and a pair of two-run singles. In his previous outing, Cook surrendered a go-ahead two-run home run to Minnesota’s Josh Willingham.
Melvin said Cook’s recent struggles have simply been a matter of missed location.
“He’s yanking some fastballs off the plate away, and he’s keeping some sliders up,” Melvin said. “He’s getting behind and a little more predictable. But you know what? This guy’s important to our team. He will continue to be important to our team. We have to support him and know that everybody goes through periods where they’re not their best during the course of the season.”
Cook said there’s nothing specific he’s looking to tweak based on the past two outings. He had allowed a total of three earned runs in his previous 29 outings.
“I feel fine,” Cook said. “I had a couple bad ones, that’s what it is. It didn’t work out the last two outings.”