Brett Anderson leaves start early after spraining ankle

Brett Anderson lasted only an inning before he was jettisoned from the A’s loss to the Rays in Tampa Bay on Friday.

Even though he gave up four runs on four hits in that time, Anderson’s getting the hook wasn’t performance related. The team announced the left-hander suffered a sprained ankle.

From Susan Slusser:

Anderson said he hurt his ankle on a pitch to Yunel Escobar, the final batter he faced. “I just landed a little wrong,” he said. He thought his stuff was better than his last time out, but, he said, “I’ve got to cut down on walks. I’m a notorious command guy. I’ve got to go back to the drawing board.” [...]

He called it “depressing and embarrassing” that he has spent more time after his first four starts talking about injuries and on-field mishaps than his pitching, and, Anderson said of tonight, “I throw one inning and put the bullpen in jeopardy for the rest of the road trip. Not a great day overall.”

Anderson, 25, throughout his career has piled up injuries at a worrisome rate. Last week he suffered a minor injury when he injured his thumb. He missed most of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in July 2011. After his return be suffered an oblique strain on Sept. 19 that kept him out for the remainder of the regular season

The A’s are expected to have a better prognosis on the injury on Saturday if swelling goes down. X-rays were reportedly taken at the game but results have not been released. The pitcher was seen in an aircast afterwards.

[via SF Gate]

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