Brett Anderson progressing from strained right oblique

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A’s left-hander Brett Anderson has already been ruled out for the rest of the regular season with a strained right oblique. But it’s looking like he could be available if Oakland advances to the playoffs.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Anderson played catch from a distance of 120 feet Saturday afternoon at Coliseum. It was his third consecutive day of long toss, and he told reporters though a team spokesperson that the workout went as well as he was hoping it would.

Anderson is expected to throw a bullpen session Monday. That would put him in line to start the American League Wild Card game on Friday, though a more realistic timetable has him returning for a potential ALDS.

The 24-year-old posted a 2.57 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 25/7 K/BB ratio in 35 innings this summer after returning from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. He owns a 3.57 career ERA and 1.25 career WHIP.

David Phelps to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.

Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.

As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.