Anderson among rehabbing A's on the mend

Anderson among rehabbing A's on the mend

TORONTO -- A flurry of rehabbing A's players are making notable strides, and on Tuesday, head trainer Nick Paparesta gave updates on many of them:

• Lefty Brett Anderson, on the mend from Tommy John surgery, will make his second rehab start Thursday with Triple-A Sacramento in Salt Lake City. He'll aim to throw around 60 pitches over four innings. It is not known how many innings or pitches the A's would like to see from him in the Minors before allowing him to rejoin the rotation.

• Dallas Braden (shoulder) threw a 33-pitch bullpen on Tuesday and, barring any setbacks, will throw to hitters in his next outing.

• Right-hander Brandon McCarthy, nursing his sore shoulder back to health, is still slated to throw three innings -- using 15 pitches in each -- in a simulated game in Arizona on Wednesday. If all goes well, he'll throw a bullpen on Friday, at which point the club will determine his next step.

• Third baseman Scott Sizemore, who underwent knee surgery in March, has begun what Paparesta called an offseason conditioning program. He's running well, and his goal is to join the team for all pregame activities, including batting practice, by September.

• Righty reliever Joey Devine, rehabbing from his second Tommy John surgery, will revisit Dr. James Andrews soon and hopefully begin his throwing program in August. Devine, though feeling "fantastic" according to Paparesta, isn't expected back until April of next year at the earliest.