As expected, the Athletics officially activated left-hander Brett Anderson from the disabled list in advance of Saturday night’s game against the Tigers, according to Jane Lee of MLB.com. He’ll square off against fellow sophomore Rick Porcello.
Anderson, 22, has been on the disabled list since late last month due to left elbow inflammation and a strained forearm. He was given the go-ahead for a return after tossing all of his pitches without discomfort during a 30-pitch bullpen session on Thursday. Anderson gave up two runs on six hits over three innings during a minor league rehab start with Triple-A Sacramento on Monday.
Anderson entered the season with high expectations after going 11-11 with a 4.06 ERA and 1.28 WHIP during his rookie campaign in ’09. He was well on his way to delivering on his new four-year contract extension, going 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA and 1.04 WHIP over his first four starts in April. Let’s hope he picks up from where he left off.
Twins right-hander Phil Hughes is headed to the Padres, according to announcements from both teams on Sunday. The Padres will also receive the 74th overall draft pick and cash considerations from the Twins, who are getting minor league catcher Janigson Villalobos in return. Minnesota is expected to absorb $7.5 million of Hughes’ $22 million contract; per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, they’ll take on his remaining salary for the 2018 season and pay an additional $5.7 million in 2019.
Hughes, 31, is far from the 16-win, sub-4.00 ERA hurler the Twins enjoyed in 2014. He hasn’t pitched more than 60 innings in any season since 2015, due in part to multiple bouts of back stiffness and shoulder surgeries. He was designated for assignment last week after missing significant time with a left oblique strain and delivering a 6.75 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 6.0 SO/9 through his first 12 innings of 2018.
Villalobos, meanwhile, will provide the Twins with some depth as he continues to work his way through the minor league system. The 21-year-old backstop recently completed a circuit with the Padres’ rookie-level affiliate in the Arizona League, slashing .275/.367/.388 with eight extra bases and a .755 OPS in 98 PA.
The real get for the Padres isn’t Hughes (even with much of his salary already accounted for), but the Competitive Balance B selection in next week’s amateur draft. As MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell points out, the club lost their second-round pick after inking Eric Hosmer to a massive eight-year, $144 million deal back in February.