DETROIT -- The A's aren't keeping any secrets about their pitching plan for Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. PT. They simply don't have one yet.
It's more than likely the job goes to lefty Brett Anderson, but the A's must gauge his health over the weekend to determine whether that's the best choice. Anderson, who strained his right oblique in Detroit less than three weeks ago, was scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday, and how he feels Sunday could lead to a decision.
"The first and foremost thing is his health. If we feel an extra day would benefit him, we would certainly do that," manager Bob Melvin said. "I think maybe how a couple games play out, too, that would decide that."
Should the A's drop both contests in Detroit, they may be more apt to start Anderson on Tuesday opposite Anibal Sanchez, rather than Wednesday, because of the urgency that would be involved. Anderson, though just 24, has 68 career starts to his name, compared to 15 by righty A.J. Griffin, who is the other option to start Tuesday or Wednesday.
"He's just good. Brett's reputation and his ability is well-known, so just having that type of the ability on the field is the most important thing," general manager Billy Beane said. "When he came out of the game here a couple of weeks ago, I thought there was no chance he would be back before the end of the season, but I think it's more than likely he will than he won't. No guarantees at this point, though."
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