Brett Anderson's 'up-and-down' bullpen
Brett Anderson could throw a simulated game after his 51-pitch bullpen session Saturday went well. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
Albert Pujols went back to Los Angeles for further testing on his ailing left foot. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
OAKLAND -- Brett Anderson emerged from his 50-pitch "up-and-down" throwing session Saturday morning unscathed, and the next step in his comeback from a stress fracture of his right foot could be a simulated game.
The purpose of the up-and-down portion of the workout was to simulate a between-innings effect, under the supervision of A's pitching coach Curt Young.
"You never know how you're going to react to sitting," Anderson said. "He gave me a little break, said we scored two runs.
"Nah, it felt good. All my pitches were good and I warmed up the first set like I was going in to a game and then the second set was five warm-ups and then 20 simulated pitches to righties and lefties. It was good. Felt strong. My body's a non-issue so I'm focusing on pitching."
Anderson has been on the disabled list since May 1 after suffering a sprained right ankle in the 19-inning game against the Los Angeles Angels on April 29. The stress fracture in the foot was then discovered.
Young said Anderson actually threw 51 pitches, using his entire arsenal. Monday, Anderson had a 35-pitch bullpen session in Houston and followed that up with a 40-pitch bullpen on Wednesday.
"I think the effort that he used today was closer to game effort so he is progressing the way we want him to progress," Young said. "We'll see where the next step goes.
"His ankle feels great, his foot feels great."
Anderson, though, has yet to do any running to test it out, rather, using stationary bikes and elliptical machines to work on his conditioning.
He said he was slated to do a live, in-game interview during the third inning of the nationally-televised Fox broadcast.
The Angels sent Albert Pujols back to Los Angeles to have his troublesome left foot looked at by a doctor.
"It changes (the look of their lineup) but it's not like they don't have middle-of-the-order guys that were hitting either," said A's manager Bob Melvin. "They have (Josh) Hamilton and (Mark) Trumbo and (Mike) Trout and it goes on and on. It's a difficult lineup to navigate regardless."
The A's and Angels are wearing 1969 throwback uniforms and Oakland's duds are particularly loud with bright gold sleeveless numbers, high green stirrups, gold stripes and green caps.
"I grew up watching these teams so it's kind of cool," Melvin said. "When I saw (bench coach) Chip Hale put his uniform on with the No. 14, I instantly thought of Vida Blue, whereas I don't as much wearing the white uniforms. So it's definitely something that resonates.
"Right on time for a national TV game, right?"
The Angels' caps have the halo on them, though they also have "LA." The Angels moved to Anaheim from Los Angeles in 1966.