A's handling Anderson with kid gloves?

A's handling Anderson with kid gloves?
August 7, 2013, 11:30 am
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Brett Anderson has thrown six times since taking the boot off his fractured foot. He will throw a simulated game on Saturday. (AP)

The A's are taking a cautious approach in bringing back left hander Brett Anderson. Because while it would seem Oakland's opening day starter is ready for a minor league rehab start after throwing live batting practice Tuesday night at High-A Stockton hitters, the A's have instead scheduled another simulated game for Saturday.

Anderson, who last pitched for the A's on April 29, is on the mend from a stress fracture in his right foot. Tuesday night's session was his sixth throwing workout in his rehab, his second to live hitters, but his first without the protective "L" screen.

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A's manager Bob Melvin told reporters in Cincinnati Wednesday morning that Anderson threw two sets of 31 pitches each, saying, "Everything went fine," according to MLB.com

"We're really trying to make sure he's able to handle it with the foot," Melvin said. "We've been down this road once before, too, and (the injury) came back, so we're being pretty careful with that."

With the inconsistency of then A's rotation of late -- ace Bartolo Colon was bounced after a season-low 2 2/3 innings Wednesday at Cincinnati -- Oakland could use a boost ASAP.