A's notes: Brett Anderson could throw off mound soon

A's notes: Brett Anderson could throw off mound soon
July 19, 2013, 6:15 pm
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Brett Anderson appeared in six games before going on the DL, posting a 1-4 record with a 6.21 ERA. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

ANAHEIM -- Opening day starter Brett Anderson, who has been on the disabled list since May 1 and last pitched on April 29 due to a foot and ankle injury, could "potentially" throw his first bullpen session since getting injured during the A's trip to Houston next week, said A's manager Bob Melvin.

"Everything's going smoothly at this point but again, I don't want to get ahead of myself," Melvin said.

The A's manager would not, though, give a target date on when Anderson could potentially return to the rotation.

"We're looking at (a bullpen session) in Houston and if that goes well, then we sit down and map out the rest of it," Melvin said.

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The A's held a post-break workout earlier in the day Friday at Angel Stadium and Melvin equated it to a spring training session. The team went through pitcher-fielding practice and took infield.

"Just trying to shake off the cobwebs," Melvin said.

"Nobody got hurt."

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According to Melvin, the A's setting up their second-half rotation by having A.J. Griffin, Dan Straily and All-Star Bartolo Colon begin the three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels and Tommy Milone at Houston on Monday and Jarrod Parker on Tuesday -- was not by a design of working backwards from the schedule.

Rather, Oakland wanted to give Jarrod Parker, who strained his right hamstring on June 29, and Tommy Milone "a little bit of a break, which we were looking for at times last year," Melvin said.

"Jarrod threw a bullpen today and it was the first time he's thrown and gotten after it where he doesn't have to think about it a little bit, so I think we're past that. And with Tommy, last year we gave him an extended break during the season with the amount of days we had off, when he pitched. (With) the All-Star break, we felt like this was a good time to extend that a little bit and give him, I think it's nine days off. That was our thinking."

Actually, since Milone last pitched on July 10, it will give him 11 days off, and Parker, who last pitched on July 12, will have had 10 days off.

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Melvin's thoughts on the Yoenis Cespedes Show at the Home Run Derby?

"I've seen it," Melvin said with a laugh. "It was the first time the baseball world has gotten to see that. So it was exciting for all of us. I think it really even pumped him up a little bit to be able to be there, be a part of that, feel what that whole All-Star environment's about and then just show off his talents.

"We know he's a remarkable talented guy and he definitely showed it off that night."

Cespedes hit 17 homers in the first round, many of them tape measure blasts that landed in the third deck of CitiField's left field. he finished with 32 homers total and beat Washington's Bryce Harper in the finals, 9-8, with a 455-foot blast to dead center that he punctuated with a bat flip.

"He does like the spotlight," said Melvin, who also gave credit to third-base coach Mike Gallego, who was Cespedes' pitcher that night.

"I've seen the bat flip before, too."

What he has not seen of late, though, is Cespedes go deep in a game. He last homered on June 21 in Seattle and his 19-game homeless streak is the second-longest of his career, trailing his 21-game skid last season from Aug. 19 through Sept. 10.