The ankle/foot injury that has been plaguing Oakland Athletics starter Brett Anderson for the past month or so has finally been diagnosed, and it isn’t good. Anderson has a stress fracture.
The team announced today that the lefty had a CT scan yesterday that revealed the fracture. He’ll be reevaluated in four weeks but will have to spend that time treating the injury. A’s writer Susan Slusser estimates that it’s a safe bet he’ll be sidelined at least two months as a result.
This is disconcerting news. Anderson has been pitching through pain over the last three weeks, and to see his situation get to this level is unfortunate. Thus far in his career he’s dealt with nagging arm injuries, but this is something totally different which has to make the A’s pretty disappointed (as well as Anderson himself who is said to be extremely frustrated with it all right now too).
Dan Straily would be the most likely candidate to assume Anderson’s role in the rotation, but Straily’s recent struggles have made some affiliated with the A’s wonder if the team will give 23-year old Sonny Gray a shot. Gray, the team’s 2011 first-round draft pick, has yet to make his Major League debut, but you’d have to think he’d be the team’s first option to replace Anderson considering he’s the hottest commodity at the Triple-A level right now.
Oakland could always look outside of the organization for help, too with either a trade or signing a free agent. It will be interesting to see how they handle not having Anderson in the rotation until at least July.