OAKLAND -- The Oakland Athletics have a special guest in attendance on Sunday at the Oakland Coliseum. Starting pitcher Dan Straily arrived in the hours before the game, but he is not on the 25-man roster... yet. He will be recalled on Monday and start for the A's in place of Brett Anderson, who will be skipped in the rotation for one turn to rest his sprained right ankle. Anderson will not be going on the disabled list at this time.
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Anderson sprained his ankle two starts ago, against the Rays in Tampa Bay. He felt some pain in his ankle in his most recent start against the Red Sox, and the team is playing it safe.
"(Jacoby) Ellsbury hit a foul ball down the line and I planted to go for it and it started to get sore after that," Anderson said. "It was a little more sore the day after my last start. Everybody agreed that this would be a beneficial thing going forward. Kind of knock it out now instead of it leading to something bigger."
Anderson is 1-4 with a 7.23 ERA this season. The rest could help him both physically and mentally.
Straily will be facing the Angels for the third time. He is 1-0 with a 6.35 ERA in his career against them. Straily was scheduled to pitch on Sunday for the River Cats. He also was held back from a start after Anderson initially hurt the ankle. Such is life for the sixth man in a five-man rotation.
"I'm getting used to it," Straily said. "The last time I was on six days. I had an extra day with the team in Boston and the uncertainty if I was going to fly out there or not. Tomorrow will be seven days. I threw an extra side yesterday, just like 15 pitches off the mound. It's nice to get this much rest early, I'm sure I will appreciate it in September."
If Straily pitches well enough against the vaunted Halos' lineup, he could force the team's hand to keep him here.
-- Jed Lowrie was originally scheduled to be in the starting lineup but he was a late scratch. The right side of his neck is sore after sleeping awkwardly on it. He should be ready to go in time for Monday's game against the Angels.
-- Josh Reddick is getting a routine day off. Orioles' starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez is a right-handed pitcher, but he has a reverse split, so A's manager Bob Melvin wanted to get another right-handed bat into the lineup. It is expected that the will be in the lineup on Monday.