It's never good when you have two players coming back from Tommy John surgery, but it is good when the updates are positive. The Oakland Athletics have two pitchers working their way back from the surgery this spring. Here are the updates.
- Jane Lee of MLB.com says Brett Anderson is looking forward to pitching a full season. He made six starts last season after coming back from Tommy John surgery. That's not exactly enough to gauge where he is post-surgery. Anderson is excited because he hasn't pitched a full season since 2009. The most starts he's made since then has been 19 in 2010. He started 13 games in 2011 before suffering the UCL tear.
- Andrew Carignan has a little more work ahead of him before he can rejoin Anderson on the pitching staff says Lee. Carignan, a reliever in Oakland's system, suffered a torn UCL last season and is now eight months post Tommy John surgery. He is expected to return at some point early in the season, but the progress he makes during spring will help determine the exact timeframe. He threw 25 pitches yesterday and will do so twice a week as part of his rehab.
The A's are looking to repeat as American League West champions. To do so, they will need to rely heavily on pitching and defense. They have a decent enough offense, but with the Los Angeles Angels built for a World Series run, the Texas Rangers reloading, and even the Seattle Mariners trying to get better, it will be difficult for Oakland to repeat. Pitchers like Anderson and Carignan can help.
Anderson has a 25-25 record and a 3.57 ERA in his career. His return last season was a shot in the arm for the A's. He went 4-2 with a 2.57 ERA down the stretch. Carignan has made 17 appearances in his two Major League seasons. He has a 4.50 ERA in his career.