Brett Anderson took the mound for the Sacramento River Cats in New Orleans on Wednesday and fired 96 pitches. The A's have said they want to see him reach the 100-pitch plateau before they will consider reinstating him from the disabled list. Of Anderson's 96 pitches, 60 were strikes. He went five innings, scattering eight hits and allowing three runs. The most encouraging sign was that he didn't walk a batter and struck out seven. The seven strikeouts are new high for Anderson since undergoing Tommy John surgery last July. He has a 4.24 ERA in five rehab starts with the River Cats. He also pitched two innings for the Stockton Ports.Even though Anderson almost reached the 100 pitches, expect him to spend more time rehabbing. It would be a mistake to rush him to the major leagues before all his pitches are ready. He still needs to work on pitching deeper into games.