A's await Anderson, Braden after break
OAKLAND -- For now, it looks like lefties Brett Anderson and Dallas Braden will be rejoining the A's rotation shortly after next week's All-Star break.
Braden, who hasn't pitched since June 22 due to left elbow stiffness, tested out his arm on Tuesday for the first time since throwing a 25-pitch bullpen session on Thursday. Braden played catch before Tuesday's game against the Yankees and didn't report any setbacks, but he didn't throw any pitches off a mound. A's manager Bob Geren said the plan is for Braden to return during the first few games after the break.
Anderson, meanwhile, is scheduled to throw in an Arizona Rookie League game on Friday. Geren said that Anderson's arsenal will still be limited on Friday and that the left-hander will try to throw all of his pitches in the following start.
The 22-year-old Anderson could return as early as July 19, and Geren said that he expects the southpaw to be able to throw 75-85 pitches by the time he returns to Oakland's rotation.