OAKLAND -- Brett Anderson says he's starting to feel "more like a real baseball player" again. Just wait until the A's lefty experiences game action for the first time in more than a year, as he's slated to do Saturday. He'll throw three innings -- or 45 pitches, whichever comes first -- as he begins a rehab stint with Class A Stockton. Anderson, who underwent Tommy John surgery just over a year ago, appeared in the A's clubhouse on Tuesday, two days removed from an encouraging simulated game in Arizona, where he utilized his entire repertoire in a 45-pitch session.
He'll throw a bullpen session on Wednesday and, barring any setbacks, will take to the mound for the Ports three days later and continue on a normal five-day rotation, all the while building up innings as he works toward rejoining the A's. "Hopefully they can eventually find a spot for me," he said, laughing. "I don't know if they need me right now, the way we've been going. Me, Dallas [Braden] and [Brandon] McCarthy are going to have to fight for a spot."