Brett Anderson threw yesterday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in July and told Jane Lee of MLB.com that he’s used the down time to drop 20 pounds by giving up soda.
Anderson made 20 throws from 45 feet and afterward compared it to “walking again or riding your bike again.”
He’s aiming for a July return to game action, so Anderson will have many more hurdles to clear before the A’s can feel confident penciling him back into the rotation. But so far so good for the 24-year-old who was emerging as one of baseball’s best left-handers before the injury.
He’ll earn $3.25 million in 2012 as part of a four-year deal signed in April of 2010 and is under the A’s control through 2014.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera didn’t play in the Tigers’ season finale against the White Sox, but he has officially clinched the AL batting title with a .338 average following Sunday’s action. It’s Cabrera’s fourth batting title in his last five seasons.
Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon entered Sunday’s season finale with a bit more pressure. He was in a tight race with Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper for the NL batting title, trailing only by rounding to the fourth place, .3307 to .3306. Gordon went 3-for-4 in a loss to the Phillies while Harper went 1-for-4 in a loss to the Mets. As a result, Gordon officially won the NL batting title with a .330 average. It’s the first batting title of Gordon’s brief career. Hanley Ramirez was the Marlins’ last batting champion, doing so in 2009.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels are expected to announce Billy Eppler as their new general manager on Monday. Eppler had been serving as the assistant general manager with the Yankees.
Jerry DiPoto had been the Angels’ GM but he stepped down on July 1. DiPoto later joined the Red Sox in an advisory role, then was named the Mariners’ new GM last week.
The Angels lost to the Rangers in Sunday’s season finale, which eliminated them from contention for the second AL Wild Card spot. They finished 85-77. Most of their regulars are under contract for the 2016 season, but Eppler will have to decide whether to tender contracts to seven arbitration-eligible players while filling in the rest of the roster.