After the A’s got off to a 2-0 lead against the Rays and Alex Cobb, Anderson struggled in the first inning, eventually giving up four runs on four hits and two walks. Evan Scribner came out of the bullpen to start the second inning, fueling speculation that something bad happened to Anderson to prompt such an early exit.
Eventually, word broke via A’s beat writer Susan Slusser that Anderson left the game with a sprained right ankle.
Preliminary response: That’s a big news for the A’s — Anderson has proven to be pretty brittle and prone to injuries. He’s already dealt with Tommy John surgery and various muscle strains (such as the oblique injury he suffered last season), so A’s fans hold their breaths every time something happens to him on the field.
So far this season, Anderson hasn’t really been at his best — after pitching well on Opening Night, he’s struggled a bit — although his struggles haven’t been as mighty as those faced by fellow starter Jarrod Parker.
Hopefully, Anderson’s injury isn’t anything serious, as the A’s would be benefited greatly by a healthy Anderson pitching to his ability level, and staying away from nagging injuries such as this ankle issue and the thumb contusion he suffered after last week’s start in Houston.
Should Anderson end up sidelined for a while, the A’s could presumably call up Dan Straily from Triple-A Sacramento to take his place — but let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.