Anderson resumes mound work in rehab

Anderson resumes mound work in rehab

OAKLAND -- Brett Anderson is back on track toward a return to the A's rotation, as the lefty threw off the mound for the first time Saturday since experiencing a minor setback just over a month ago.

Anderson, recovering from Tommy John surgery, threw 20 fastballs in the bullpen session.

"It was quick, it was efficient, the command was there," manager Bob Melvin said. "Once he felt a little something, we wanted to take a step back because he was on such a progression, but every time I've seen him throw, he's been terrific. It looks like a guy just throwing a bullpen. Good first start getting back on the mound again."

Anderson encountered forearm stiffness commonly associated with the Tommy John procedure in mid-May. He'll continue throwing bullpens, while upping his pitch count, and is hopeful to make a start in Oakland before season's end.