The A's are in the first place in the West and are tied for the best record in the AL. And they've done it for the majority of the season without their unquestioned staff leader Brett Anderson.
And they won't get him back anytime soon, as the A's transfered Anderson from the 15-day DL to 60-day DL in order to make room for Dan Otero on the 40-man roster.
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Anderson, placed on the DL on May 1 with a stress fracture in his right foot, wasn't expected back before July, so the move doesn't impact his timetable for a return.
The bigger news is that Anderson will have to remain in a walking boot for at least another four weeks, according to MLB.com. The report states that Anderson will be re-evaluated around the All-Star break.
In his absence, the A's starters haven't missed a beat, posting a combined 3.29 ERA in May and June.
Dan Straily filled Anderson's spot in the rotation and is 3-2 with a 3.99 ERA in eight starts since Anderson was placed on the DL.