Athletics starter Brett Anderson has not pitched in a game since his April 29 start against the Angels due to ongoing problems with his right foot. In the time since, the A’s have had the lefty run and throw side sessions, and they even had him make a rehab start, but the injury never seemed to go away.
The team’s official Twitter reported today that Anderson has a navicular stress fracture of his right foot, and that he will be reevaluated in four weeks. Susan Slusser suggests a two-month absence for Anderson when you factor in rehab starts.
In 29 innings, Anderson has a 6.21 ERA on the season. When he is healthy — which hasn’t been often — he can be effective by inducing weak contact and limiting walks. Dan Straily had taken his place, but the results weren’t any better as his 7.27 ERA in 29 innings has the right-hander’s rotation spot in jeopardy. Slusser says the A’s could take a look at 2011 first-round pick Sonny Gray, who has been performing well with Triple-A Sacramento thus far.
A number of teams are making calls about Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson these days, as is the general nature of the offseason. Per Jason Kinander of FanSided, there have been some preliminary trade discussions between the Dodgers and the White Sox, though a formal deal doesn’t appear imminent and any potential competition from other clubs is still unknown.
Pederson, 26, has enjoyed quite a run with the Dodgers over the last five years. A perennial 25-home run hitter (when healthy), he slashed .248/.321/.522 with 56 RBI, an .843 OPS, and 2.7 fWAR through 443 plate appearances during the 2018 regular season. Following the Dodgers’ unsuccessful postseason campaign, Pederson agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract in advance of the arbitration deadline, and is currently slated to remain under team control through the 2020 season.
Despite his relative affordability and clear value to the club, shedding Pederson from their roster would allow the Dodgers to pursue the kind of right-handed hitters they need to balance out their 2019 lineup. It’s not certain what the White Sox are prepared to give up, but Kinander mentions right-hander Carson Fulmer, lefty reliever Aaron Bummer, and recent draft pick/third baseman Bryce Bush as a few possibilities.