Brett Anderson ready for rehab, may rejoin A’s as reliever

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Brett Anderson is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Saturday at Triple-A and manager Bob Melvin told Paul Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com that the left-hander could rejoin the A’s as a reliever in an effort to “get him back quicker.”

Anderson hasn’t pitched in a game since April, so in order to build up the necessary arm strength to throw 80-100 pitches as a starter he’d likely have to rehab for 3-4 weeks. Beyond that the A’s aren’t exactly hurting for rotation depth with rookie Sonny Gray taking over a starting spot recently.

For now a decision on Anderson’s potential role can wait, because he still has to clear several big hurdles before a comeback is complete, but it’ll be an interesting decision for Melvin and company next month.

Report: Nationals sign reliever Brandon Kintzler to a two-year deal

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Both a Kinsler and a Kintzler made headlines at the Winter Meetings. After the Angels acquired second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Tigers, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Nationals have inked reliever Brandon Kintzler to a two-year contract, pending a physical.

Kintzler, 33, spent the latter half of his 2017 campaign with the Nationals after the Twins traded him. Between both clubs, he put up an aggregate 3.03 ERA with 29 saves and a 39/16 K/BB ratio in 71 1/3 innings.

Sean Doolittle will handle save situations for the Nationals. Kintzler and Ryan Madson will bridge the gap to him in the seventh and eighth innings.