UPDATE: Anderson elbow injury not serious

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brett anderson headshot.JPG7:12pm: According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the injury is not considered serious.  Anderson likened it to a cramp and said that he expects to make his next scheduled start.

6:40pm: A’s youngster Brett Anderson was lifted from Saturday’s game against the Indians after just 80 pitches due to left elbow tightness.  The news comes via the Oakland A’s official Twitter feed

Anderson held the Tribe to three hits and just one earned run before departing.  He’s been even better than expected this season and the A’s will hope this elbow issue is just a minor setback to what could be a very special season for the left-handed sophomore. 

The 22-year-old Anderson made 30 starts last year in his first major league season, finishing 11-11 with an impressive 1.28 WHIP and 150/45 K/BB ratio in 175 1/3 innings.  He inked a $31 million contract extension just about a week ago.

Giants place Hunter Pence on 10-day disabled list with right thumb sprain

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The Giants placed outfielder Hunter Pence on the 10-day disabled list with a right thumb sprain, per an official announcement on Friday. Pence initially sustained the injury during the club’s home opener on April 3, when he dove to intercept a line drive double from Robinson Cano and jammed his thumb. Weeks of playing through the pain hasn’t worked, so he’ll take a breather while the Giants give outfielder Mac Williamson a chance to start in left after getting called up from Triple-A Fresno.

Pence, 35, wouldn’t pin his recent struggles on his injury, but it’s clear that he’s having difficulty finding his footing this year. He slashed a meager .172/.197/.190 through 61 plate appearances in 2018, collecting just one extra-base hit and two walks during the Giants’ dismal 7-11 stretch. While it’s far too early in the season to make any final judgments, it doesn’t look like the veteran outfielder will be replicating the .275+ average, 4.0+ fWAR totals of years past (at least, not anytime soon).

Williamson, meanwhile, has gotten off to a hot start in Triple-A. Prior to his call-up this weekend, the 27-year-old batted an incredible .487/.600/1.026 with six home runs and a 1.626 OPS through his first 50 PA. A hot Triple-A bat doesn’t always survive the transition to the majors, but the Giants will use all the help they can get — especially as they take on the AL West-leading Angels this weekend.