Brett Anderson is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Saturday at Triple-A and manager Bob Melvin told Paul Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com that the left-hander could rejoin the A’s as a reliever in an effort to “get him back quicker.”
Anderson hasn’t pitched in a game since April, so in order to build up the necessary arm strength to throw 80-100 pitches as a starter he’d likely have to rehab for 3-4 weeks. Beyond that the A’s aren’t exactly hurting for rotation depth with rookie Sonny Gray taking over a starting spot recently.
For now a decision on Anderson’s potential role can wait, because he still has to clear several big hurdles before a comeback is complete, but it’ll be an interesting decision for Melvin and company next month.
The Baltimore Orioles are terrible and going nowhere fast, so they decided to do some shuffling of the decks today.
One part of that was to called up catcher Caleb Joseph, which was the corresponding move to sending down Chance Sisco the other day. Joseph will now be big league teammates with brother Corban. Aww.
Another thing they did was to purchase the contract of Steve Wilkerson from Triple-A Norfolk. He’s a utility guy who has been swinging a hot bat after getting a late start to the season due to a 50-game drug suspension. Good for him, but that’s bad news for Pedro Alvarez, who was designated for assignment in the corresponding move.
Alvarez, 31, started the season well but has been atrocious for most of it. His line on the year is .180/.283/.414 with eight homers, but he’s been far worse than that for over a month. The 2013 NL home run champ will now go through waivers and, at the end of that process, likely have to choose between free agency or a trip to Norfolk. And, given that it’s the worst team in baseball sending him packing, there’s a good chance that it could be the end of the big league road for him.