Brett Anderson to start Tuesday for first time in 14 months

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Brett Anderson has been out since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in July of last year, but Kate Longworth of CSNBayArea.com reports that the A’s left-hander is scheduled to start Tuesday for the first time in 14 months.

Anderson has an 18/3 K/BB ratio in 25 innings while rehabbing in the minors and threw a bullpen session Saturday in front of the A’s brass, who apparently deemed him ready to face big-league hitters for the first time since June 5, 2011.

Before the injury Anderson was emerging as one of the best young left-handers in baseball and even after 14 months on the sidelines he’s still just 24 years old.

Odúbel Herrera dealing with strained left hamstring

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Phillies center fielder Odúbel Herrera is dealing with a slight strain of his left hamstring, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Herrera apparently had been dealing with some discomfort in that area starting a couple weeks ago and underwent an MRI.

Herrera, 27, is coming off a 2018 season in which he took a step back. He hit slightly below the league average at .255/.310/.420 with 22 home runs and 71 RBI in 597 plate appearances. He is entering the third year of his five-year, $30.5 million contract signed back in December 2016.

Herrera is slated to be the club’s starting center fielder once again. In the event his hamstring issue lingers, Roman Quinn would slide into the starting role. One wonders, though, if a less-than-100-percent Herrera might further entice the Phillies to go after free agent outfielder Bryce Harper.