A's make plans to evaluate Anderson, Smith

A's make plans to evaluate Anderson, Smith

KANSAS CITY -- A couple of key A's could be back in uniform very soon.

Pitcher Brett Anderson took the loss in his rehab start on Wednesday for Triple-A Sacramento. The lefty, recovering from Tommy John surgery performed in June 2011, allowed three runs on eight hits in five innings. He did strike out seven and walked none in Sacramento's 3-0 loss to New Orleans.

"They said he threw pretty well. Physically everything was fine," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "You like to see the no walks. They did score a few runs off of him, so maybe not as good as the last time out. He certainly got up, pitch-count wise, where we would liked to have seen it. Came out healthy, all the numbers were good on the quality of his pitches. So I would have to deem it a success."

Melvin said that Anderson will rejoin the team on Friday in Oakland to throw a bullpen session before being evaluated. The manager said that bullpen session could take place "pretty much anytime we want to do it," and that it will likely correspond with when he will make his next start for the A's.

Meanwhile, Melvin said injured outfielder Seth Smith -- out with a left hamstring strain -- will be evaluated on Friday. Smith will run the bases and swing the bat, and if all goes well over the next few days, according to Melvin, Smith could go on a rehab assignment early next week.