Looks like we might have a reason for Brett Anderson being pulled yesterday so soon, though maybe not for his struggles in the first.
Anderson said he hurt his ankle on a pitch to Yunel Escobar, the final batter he faced – not trying to make any plays in the field. "I just landed a little wrong," he said.
The A’s won’t have a better idea on Anderson’s availability for his next start until tomorrow when they see how much the swelling has gone down. X-rays were taken but it sounds more like a precautionary thing; results weren’t back, but Anderson is in an air cast.
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. -Susan Slusser, SF Gate Drumbeat
We broke our road winning streak, but hey, at least Coco has a 12 game hitting streak.
On the Ranger's front, they have lost Matt Harrison til the All Star Break, but will likely turn to internal options for pitching.
It's mid-April, and teams aren't exactly ready to start talking trades for starting pitchers, at least ones that would be an upgrade to the current staff. And that's the biggest question for the Rangers: What can they do to improve the rotation over the young arms already in it? If they can't find a pitcher that is obviously a better option than Nick Tepesch or Justin Grimm, they're better off letting their young pitchers pitch and see what happens. - Richard Durrett, ESPN.
The Colorado Rockies, off to just as hot a start as us, are calling up ex-A Josh Outman.
Weiss said Outman will be used in short stints and long relief. Weiss also cited the need for a left-hander in the bullpen, especially with the left-handed-heavy Diamondbacks in town this weekend. - Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post.
It looks like the A's v Boston series will go on as planned, as last night they caught the second Boston Marathon suspect after a marathon of chasing.
And with that, I'll leave you with another gif to show Raul Ibanez's gold glove defense.