Anderson hopeful to make next start

Anderson hopeful to make next start

ARLINGTON -- One day after hyperextending his right knee in the second inning of a 7-3 loss to Texas, A's lefty Brett Anderson delivered good news in the form of no swelling, and he still believes he'll be able to make his next start.

Anderson, who stepped in the mound hole created by Rangers hurler Tommy Hunter and subsequently fell on Friday, took Saturday off from all baseball activity and said his knee is a little stiff but not enough to keep him from throwing long toss Sunday.

That will represent Anderson's biggest test, so if all goes well, he'll go through his normal bullpen session Monday before taking the mound for his next start in New York.

"It's a little tender," Anderson said Saturday, "but nothing major. I'll rest today, and after playing catch tomorrow I should be good to go.

"I feel pretty good. Tomorrow is a big factor, but it should be fine."

That's what manager Bob Geren likes to hear, especially after witnessing a stretch of 18 consecutive quality starts by his pitchers before Anderson's two-inning, four-run stint Friday.

"We're very encouraged," Geren said. "Both the trainer and doctor said how he feels tomorrow will be a good indicator. But right now, it's a very positive sign that he'll be OK."

Thus, Geren went so far as to say he's "hopeful" Anderson will be ready for Wednesday's meeting with the Yankees.