UPDATE: Anderson elbow injury not serious

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brett anderson headshot.JPG7:12pm: According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the injury is not considered serious.  Anderson likened it to a cramp and said that he expects to make his next scheduled start.

6:40pm: A’s youngster Brett Anderson was lifted from Saturday’s game against the Indians after just 80 pitches due to left elbow tightness.  The news comes via the Oakland A’s official Twitter feed

Anderson held the Tribe to three hits and just one earned run before departing.  He’s been even better than expected this season and the A’s will hope this elbow issue is just a minor setback to what could be a very special season for the left-handed sophomore. 

The 22-year-old Anderson made 30 starts last year in his first major league season, finishing 11-11 with an impressive 1.28 WHIP and 150/45 K/BB ratio in 175 1/3 innings.  He inked a $31 million contract extension just about a week ago.

Tigers sign Josh Thole to minors deal

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The Tigers signed catcher Josh Thole to a minor league deal, per an announcement from the Double-A Erie SeaWolves on Friday. Thole is expected to report to Double-A Erie, where he’ll split time with starting catcher Jake Rogers.

Thole, 31, has not appeared in a major or minor league game since 2016. He signed a minors deal with the Diamondbacks back in 2017, but was sidelined through most of the season after undergoing hamstring surgery in April. He was released by the team during spring training and failed to catch on with another major league club through the first two months of the 2018 season.

While the veteran backstop hasn’t tested his skills in pro ball for several years now, he held his own during a short-lived run with the independent New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League. Over 17 games in 2018, Thole batted .317/.425/.367 with three extra-base hits and a .791 OPS in 75 plate appearances. He’s expected to serve as catching depth within the Tigers’ organization, but may yet work his way back to the majors if he can get his average back over the Mendoza Line again — a feat he hasn’t managed since 2015.