UPDATE: Brett Anderson placed on DL; may not need surgery

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UDPATE: Brett Anderson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation, according to a team press release.
Earlier this afternoon, Mychael Urban of CSNBayArea.com reported that the Athletics fear Anderson could be “done” for the year due to the injury, but Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that Anderson may only need to miss a few starts, similar to his previous DL-stint. We’ll soon find out.
Friday, 12:44PM: Brett Anderson spent most of May on the disabled list with inflammation in his forearm and elbow, but looked plenty healthy while shutting out the Tigers for 5.2 innings last week in his return start.
Unfortunately his second outing didn’t go nearly as well yesterday, as Anderson left after 2.2 innings with tightness in his elbow and could be headed right back to the DL, calling the problem “a reoccurring of what happened last time.”
“It’s tough to tell how it is,” Anderson told Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News. “My slider just wasn’t the same. At-bats where there’s two strikes, it’s usually a put-away pitch. But I just left it over the middle.”
Anderson will be examined by doctors today while the A’s hold their collective breath that the 22-year-old southpaw hasn’t already done enough damage to require surgery. Following an impressive rookie season the A’s quickly determined that Anderson was a big part of their future and signed him to a long-term contract that could be worth up to $31 million.
Acquired from the Diamondbacks as part of the Dan Haren trade in December of 2007, Anderson has a 3.80 ERA and 174/49 K/BB ratio in 206 innings spread over 36 career starts despite being the second-youngest starter in the league.

Travis d’Arnaud’s position in Wednesday’s box score read “3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B”

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The Mets had to scratch both Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores an hour before Wednesday’s game against the Yankees due to ribcage injuries, so Travis d'Arnaud — normally a catcher — borrowed David Wright‘s glove and played third base for the first time in his career. He had played some third base in spring training, but as far as an official professional game goes, he’s never been there.

The first two batters the Yankees sent up to the plate in the first inning were left-handed. But when the right-handed Aaron Judge came up, manager Terry Collins swapped second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera with d’Arnaud. It became a thing. The two swapped once more in the first inning, three times in the second, once in the third, five times in the fourth, once in the fifth, three times in the sixth, four times in the seventh, once in the eighth, and twice in the ninth. It worked, as d’Arnaud didn’t have an opportunity to make a play until catching Todd Frazier‘s pop-up for the first out of the ninth inning — as a second baseman. Cabrera had a handful of opportunities, including immediately after having swapped with d’Arnaud.

The Mets lost 5-3. At the plate, d’Arnaud went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly. Cabrera was 1-for-4.

Matt Reynolds and Gavin Cecchini are being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas so the Mets don’t have to do the “3B-2B shenanigans,” as MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo put it, again.

John Lackey stole the first base of his career

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Cubs starter John Lackey stole the first base of his 15-year career on Wednesday against the Reds. Of course, he spent the first 11 and a half years of his career in the American League, where opportunities to bat, let alone attempt to steal a base, were rare. Lackey entered Wednesday having taken 250 plate appearances, reaching base just 31 times on 17 singles, seven doubles, and seven walks for a .134 on-base percentage. One can imagine the 38-year-old is not exactly the swiftest base runner.

Still, Lackey managed to swipe a bag in the fourth inning. He singled with two outs against Homer Bailey. Then, with an 0-1 count on Ben Zobrist, Lackey broke for second even before Bailey began his windup. Tucker Barnhart stood up to alert Bailey that Lackey was running, so Bailey wheeled around and threw to second base, but Lackey slid into the bag easily safe. It wasn’t a pretty slide, but it did the job.

Lackey, however, was picked off of second base by Barnhart later that inning. Bailey threw a 3-2 fastball wide of the strike zone, walking Zobrist. Lackey had wandered too far off of second base, so Barnhart threw behind Lackey and the tag was applied by Zack Cozart. Lackey was called safe initially. The play was reviewed and the ruling on the field was overturned, ending the fourth inning.

Base Ba’al giveth and Base Ba’al taketh away.