A’s rule out Brett Anderson for regular season

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It was a given that Brett Anderson would miss at least one start after suffering a strained right oblique during his outing Wednesday, but manager Bob Melvin dropped the bad news Thursday that the left-hander was done for at least the regular season.

Anderson entered Wednesday’s outing 4-1 with a 1.93 ERA in five starts since returning from Tommy John surgery. He’d be the third member of the A’s projected postseason rotation to be lost for the year, joining the suspended Bartolo Colon and the injured Brandon McCarthy. The team has also been without left-hander Dallas Braden all season long.

If Anderson can’t make it back, the A’s would be looking at a top four of Jarrod Parker, Tommy Milone, A.J. Griffin and probably Daniel Straily in the postseason. Everyone in that group is a rookie.

The A’s beat the Tigers 12-4 today, leaving them four games up on the Angels for the second wild card with the Halos playing later tonight. They’re 3 1/2 games back of the Rangers for first place in the AL West.

Shohei Ohtani no longer facing Masahiro Tanaka on Sunday at Yankee Stadium

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Shohei Ohtani has essentially become the Angels’ designated Sunday starting pitcher, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced Thursday morning that the 23-year-old two-way Japanese star will be skipped in the rotation this weekend at Yankee Stadium for “workload management” purposes.

Ohtani is fine to continue hitting, so there’s no sense of any physical ailment.

This decision will rob us — and the Japanese media — of a showdown between Ohtani and countrymate Masahiro Tanaka. And for that we are rather devastated, but you can understand the Angels’ concerns about overuse.

Ohtani has registered a 3.35 ERA, 1.066 WHIP, and 52/14 K/BB ratio through his first 40 1/3 innings (seven starts) as a major league pitcher and he’s slashing .308/.364/.582 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 26 games as a part-time DH.