Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Brett Anderson is disappointed with his start Friday night against the Tampa Bay Rays. The left-hander was unable to pitch after the first inning after he suffered an ankle sprain.
Anderson had already given up two earned runs before the injury occurred. After the Oakland coaches visited the mound to check on the starter, they deemed him fit to continue pitching. Unfortunately, Anderson then allowed another two earned runs on a Jose Lobaton single. The Athletics decided Anderson was not healthy enough to go back on the mound for the second inning.
“It’s disheartening to go out there and throw one inning and put your bullpen in jeopardy for the rest of the road trip,” Anderson told Athletics.com.
At this point, Oakland just has to hope that the sprained right ankle is not serious. Manager Bob Melvin was unsure if Anderson would be able to suit up for his next scheduled start. Obviously, the Athletics would need to run more tests to determine the damage of the sprain. The team should have all the answers regarding the injury by Saturday afternoon.
The most disappointing part about the injury for Anderson is that he does not know how it happened.
“I don’t know if I just landed on it wrong or what,” Anderson said, according to Athletics.com. “I know when I landed, it didn’t feel great. Then when I came into the dugout it started to stiffen up.”
Anderson is 1-3 (including Friday’s loss) with a 5.95 earned run average and 19 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings through four starts this season.