OAKLAND -- Brett Anderson threw for the first time Thursday since he strained his right oblique, and was expected to throw again Friday as manager Bob Melvin remains optimistic Anderson will return in time for the postseason if the A's were to qualify.
"All signs point to him being back potentially at some point in time here, just not sure where that is," Melvin said.
Melvin said Jordan Norberto continues to progress from his left shoulder tendinitis, but that Norberto isn't as close to returning as Anderson is.
"Based on the fact that Brett has pitched semi-recently and Norberto hasn't, I think it would be very much a stretch to see Norberto in a regular-season game," Melvin said, adding that he doesn't expect Anderson to return in the regular season either. "If something were to happen if we are playing after the regular season, then those variables are still out there -- but certainly not in the regular season."