Anderson on track to pitch simulated game Friday

Anderson on track to pitch simulated game Friday
July 30, 2013, 5:45 pm
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Brett Anderson was 1-4 with a 6.21 ERA before a foot injury took him out of the A's starting rotation. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

OAKLAND -- Brett Anderson continued his hopeful march to rejoining the A's pitching staff with a 57-pitch bullpen Tuesday, the left-hander's fourth such workout since July 22.

"It's encouraging to see," said A's manager Bob Melvin. "He's done a lot to keep his arm in shape and it shows right now. A little bit more worried abut the foot but at this point, I have no issues with it at all and (he) really got after it today."

Anderson last pitched on April 29 and has been sidelined while recovering from a stress fracture in his right foot discovered after he sprained his right ankle. He has been throwing all of his pitches in his bullpen sessions and has gradually started adding running and more weight-baring exercises to test the foot.

Tuesday, 6-foot-8 Nate Freiman stood in the box for Anderson's last 25 pitches to give the left-hander a frame of reference as he snapped off his curveball.

"Electric," Freiman said of Anderson's pitches.

Said Melvin: "He threw like he was throwing to hitters so at this point, everything's going pretty well."

While Melvin said he would announce Wednesday what the next step was for Anderson, the pitcher said if he recovered well from Tuesday's workout he would throw a "live B.P." simulated game on Friday.

"It will be good to get some swings against me to see how hitters react to my pitches," he said.

"Going from where I was a couple of weeks ago to a month ago to where I am now, it's been a big jump. It feels good."

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