The Oakland Athletics will be without starting pitcher Brett Anderson for the rest of the season with an oblique injury. The news comes as the A's are in the midst of a pennant race in the American League West, with a Wild Card spot also a possibility. Anderson has missed most of the season recovering from Tommy John Surgery and has started just six games, although he's pitched very well to the tune of a 2.57 ERA over 35 innings of work. The club is 4-2 in his starts.
Here is the latest from team reporter Susan Slusser:
Anderson out for rest of regular season. #Athletics— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) September 20, 2012
If the Athletics make the postseason, Anderson is hopeful he will be able to pitch. No timetable has been set for his return, but he'll need a couple of rehab appearances before any final decision is made.
Oakland currently sits 3½ games back of the Rangers in the AL West, is tied with Baltimore for the No. 1 Wild Card spot and holds a four-game lead for the other spot.
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