No Tommy John surgery for Brett Anderson

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After visiting with Dr. James Andrews on Monday, it was determined that Brett Anderson wouldn’t undergo Tommy John surgery on his ailing left elbow.  He’s scheduled for six weeks of rehab, with his first evaluation coming in three weeks.

Anderson, who opened the season with a 2.84 ERA in 11 starts, complained of elbow soreness after getting lit up in a second straight outing June 5 by the Red Sox and was placed on the disabled list the next day.  He served two stints on the DL last year due to elbow and forearm issues and ended up going 7-6 with a 2.80 ERA in 19 starts then.

The news that Anderson might return to contribute after the All-Star break makes it somewhat less likely that the A’s will turn into sellers over the next few weeks.  They still might go that route, but since it doesn’t look like any team is going to run away with the AL West, they’re more likely to wait until the deadline before making any big decisions now.

Update: According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, Anderson received a Platelet Rich Plasma injection to kick off his rehab on Monday.

Here are the final All-Star voting results before the close of balloting

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All-Star voting ends this Thursday night, just before midnight eastern time. The All-Star teams — at least how they’ll appear before the dozen or two substitutions we’ll get before the game — will be unveiled on Sunday at 7pm on ESPN, just before Sunday Night Baseball.

Which means you still have time to alter these standings, which now stand as the final update before things are set in, well, not stone, but at least some Play-Doh which has been left out of the can too long and is kinda hard to mess with.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Javier Baez made a couple of fantastic plays last night

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Javier Baez is a second baseman. He’s played a good bit of shortstop and, if he played for some other teams, he may be an everyday shortstop, but he’s the Cubs’ second baseman.

With Addision Russell out with some shoulder issues, however, Baez got the call at short last night for the Cubs-Nats game in Washington. It was a good call, as he made a couple of spectacular plays in the field.

First up is this highway robbery of Bryce Harper, who thought he had a base hit. It was a good thought, too, as he hit the ball like a dang rocket:

Later, when Adam Lind was up to bat, he fouled one off behind third base. Baez got on his horse and did this:

That inspired Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper to use the old line the great Harry Kalas used about Garry Maddox: “Two-thirds of the Earth is covered by water, the other one-third is covered by Garry Maddox.” It’s a great line, and aptly used to describe Javier Baez’s Monday night.