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.
Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.
Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.
Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.
Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.
The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.