The 24-year-old Anderson, who sustained a strained right oblique last week, was scheduled to do some sock throwing on Wednesday in Texas. If all goes well, the lefty starter could be playing catch as soon as Thursday.
Once he surpasses that hurdle, Anderson will still have to undergo a handful of bullpen sessions before being deemed game ready, but given his progression, that time could come in the early goings of the playoffs.
And what a valuable asset Anderson would be to a rookie-laden A's rotation during that time. Still, manager Bob Melvin refuses to look too far ahead.
"I don't want to get too optimistic," he said. "We have a lot of work to do before we get to a potential place where he can pitch again. I certainly don't let that affect me right now, because we are where we are. But it is encouraging that he is at the point where he is right now. I know he's very excited about possibly being able to go out and play catch."