Anderson on target for Friday return

Anderson on target for Friday return

OAKLAND -- Brett Anderson's impending return to a rather depleted A's rotation looks all the more likely for Friday after he endured a successful rehab start with Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday.

The A's lefty, who hasn't made a start for Oakland since June 3 due to elbow tendinitis, tossed 5 1/3 innings of shutout ball for the River Cats, giving up just four hits while walking one and striking out nine with 87 pitches in Tacoma, Wash.

"He felt great," manager Bob Geren reported after the A's 6-4 victory over Chicago on Sunday.

Thus, Anderson will make Monday's trip to Texas with the team and is expected to get the call for Friday's start in Chicago, pushing scheduled starter Dallas Braden to Saturday. He'll fill a rotation that's now missing Ben Sheets (elbow) and look to build on a season that -- before his injury -- saw him go 2-1 with a 2.35 ERA in six starts.