A's notes: What's next for Brett Anderson?

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A's notes: What's next for Brett Anderson?

OAKLAND -- The A's are tasked with facing Felix Hernandez for a fourth time before the All-Star break. It is always a dubious task. The Mariners' ace is 1-1 with a 3.80 ERA vs. the A's this season, but holds a 13-5 record over the A's with a 2.70 ERA. If they beat him they will enter the All-Star break at 43-43. It is turn-back-the-clock-day at the Coliseum. The A's will be wearing the Oakland Oaks uniforms from 1955. The Mariners will be in Tacoma Rainiers uniforms. Elvis will be singing the National Anthem. Oakland Oaks (42-43) lineupCoco Crisp, CF
Jemile Weeks, 2B
Josh Reddick , RF
Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Seth Smith, RF
Brandon Moss, 1B
Derek Norris, C
Brandon Inge, 3B
Cliff Pennington, SS
Pregame Notes:-Brett Anderson threw another bullpen session on Sunday. He is expected to pitch a two inning simulated game on Wednesday.
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-Collin Cowgill participated in full baseball activities again today. He ran full speed in the outfield and on the bases. He will begin his rehabilitation assignment in Stockton on Monday. -The A's will hold a team workout in Minnesota on Thursday. A's manager Bob Melvin sees the four-day layoff as a risk for the team to get rusty. He expects the A's to settle in a little bit in the second half as the roster continues to mesh. The A's have used 43 players this year which is the second most in the American League. Seventeen of the 43 players are rookies, which is the most in used in the majors. "We have had a lot of turnover in and out as a team," Melvin said. "We are settling on a group in the second half and getting a little bit of identity." -The A's have exceeded many expectations in the first half. They are 3.5 games behind in the American League Wild Card standings. This season MLB changed the rules and two Wild Card teams will play in a one-game playoff. The A's have a chance to earn one of those spots if they continue to improve in the second half, something Melvin expects the team will do. "We expect to play better, It has been a tumultuous first half," he said. "We got through a nine-game losing streak and we are better for that. We played a lot of dramatic games whether it is walk-off wins or losses."-While all the players except Ryan Cook get an All-Star break, Melvin will be in Kansas City serving on Ron Washington's All-Star coaching staff. An opportunity that means a lot to him since he grew up an A's fan. "To be able to represent the Oakland A's in an All-Star game is pretty special for me," Melvin said. "I would never envision growing up that I would be in an All-Star game in this uniform. In that respect I am really excited about that."

Report: A's bring back lefty Detwiler on minor league deal

Report: A's bring back lefty Detwiler on minor league deal

Left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler is staying with the A's.

The 30-year-old has reportedly agreed to a minor league deal with Oakland, according to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan.

The deal includes an invitation to spring training.

The A's purchased Detwiler's contract from the Indians on July 17 and he went on to make nine appearances for the club, including seven starts.

In his time with the A's, Detwiler posted a 6.14 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 44 innings.

Plouffe will push Healy away from third base, but not combative situation

Plouffe will push Healy away from third base, but not combative situation

Trevor Plouffe and Ryon Healy have some history to fall back on before they even start playing together as A’s teammates.

No doubt, their futures are intertwined as well.

Plouffe officially joined Oakland on Wednesday when the team announced his one-year deal that’s worth $5.25 million, plus incentives based on various numbers of plate appearances. General manager David Forst said on a media conference call that he envisions Plouffe as the primary third baseman. That means Healy — coming off an impressive rookie campaign at third — will see the majority of his innings at first base and designated hitter.

Plouffe and Healy grew up in Southern California and both went to Crespi Carmelite High School, though Plouffe, 30, is five years older. But it wasn’t until this winter that they’ve gotten to know each other better, as the rainfall in Southern California drew them both to the same indoor training facility.

They played for the same high school coach, Scott Muckey, which is how Plouffe first heard of Healy.

“I remember hearing about him when he was in high school,” Plouffe said Wednesday. (Muckey) told me about Healy and the kind of player he was. He didn’t give players a lot of credit, so when he did, I took notice.”

Healy works out in the offseason at the Hit Factory in Newberry Park. Earlier this winter, Plouffe popped in with Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas.

“It’s kind of coming full circle,” Healy said. “We never thought, being (five) years apart, that we would be teammates. We haven’t had (much of a) prior relationship, but he’s always reached out to me when appropriate. I’ve heard nothing but nice things about the guy. We worked out , chatted and exchanged numbers, and we’re starting that relationship early.”

Plouffe was limited to 84 games last year with Minnesota due to rib and oblique injuries, hitting .260 with 12 homers and 47 RBI. Before that, he averaged 18 homers and 68 RBI from 2012-15, twice topping the 20-HR mark. The Twins non-tendered Plouffe in December rather than pay him the roughly $8 million he was likely to receive in arbitration. That made Plouffe a free agent.

He and Healy make compelling workout partners, as Plouffe’s arrival in green and gold is likely to push Healy over to first, where he played in college and early in his minor league career. But it’s not a combative situation, and the offseason workouts help to build chemistry.

“I was kind of taking my reps at third and first, continuing doing that routine to be prepared for that possiblity,” Healy said. “It doesn’t seem like anything is set in stone. I still have to prove to them I’m ready to play major league baseball come spring time.”

The right-handed hitting Healy will form a platoon at first with Yonder Alonso, Forst said, and see time in a DH rotation that figures to also include Khris Davis, Stephen Vogt, Matt Joyce and possibly others. But Forst noted that Healy also needs to stay sharp at third base.

“It’s easy to envision a scenario where (Plouffe) gets the bulk of time at third base and we still have 500 plate appearances for other guys like Ryon. We have every intention of getting at-bats for Ryon. Trevor is not gonna be out there 162 times, we know that. Ryon is going to have to continue to be ready at third base.”

Forst said the A’s are still scanning the free agent and trade market for potential additions, both on the position-player and pitching side.

Oakland reportedly has agreed to a two-year contract with reliever Santiago Casilla that has yet to be finalized.