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Nov 16, 2012 9:37pm
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OAKLAND, Calif. Steve Johnson Youth Jersey . —
Brett Anderson is back from Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery, and
set to make his season debut Tuesday night against the Minnesota Twins. The
left-hander was activated from the 60-day disabled list Monday, ready to pitch
in the major leagues again for the first time since undergoing surgery 13 months
ago. “You just have to go out there and be a competitive player and be a
competitive person,” Anderson said of his approach. “You cant go out there and
worry about mechanics and cant go out there and worry about your elbow.” Oakland
optioned right-hander Dan Straily to Triple-A Sacramento and cleared room on the
40-man roster for Anderson by designating catcher Anthony Recker for assignment.
The 24-year-old Anderson has lost more than 20 pounds from his previous playing
weight of 248—and noticed he felt stronger late in games during his minor
league rehab appearances. He is eager to get back into a regular routine
preparing for starts every fifth day. Thats what he is most used to, not the
long process of rehabilitating and physical therapy that has defined his life
over the last year. “Yeah, its been a while,” he said. “Baseball players are so
routine-based, and Im obviously superstitious and stuff. You kind of lose that a
little bit over the course of a year, All right, what do I do at this time? What
do I do at this time to get ready? Its definitely felt like its been a while.
Hopefully itll all be worth it tomorrow and here on out.” Anderson, a
second-round draft pick by Arizona in 2006, went 7-6 with a 2.80 ERA in 19
starts during 2010, then 3-6 with a 4.00 ERA in 13 starts last year. He hasnt
pitched in the big leagues since June 5, 2011, at Boston. Anderson probably wont
go further than about 100 pitches initially, though he showed no signs of
fatigue or problems during a six-start rehab schedule with Class-A Stockton and
Triple-A Sacramento. Anderson will try for his first major league victory since
May 26 of last year at the Angels. “He has thrown up to 90-something pitches and
been down