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Oakland A’s activate Brett Anderson, place Paul Blackburn on DL

Trevor Cahill and Daniel Mengden will be back soon too.

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The Oakland A’s activated pitcher Brett Anderson from the disabled list Sunday morning, the team announced. He will start the day’s game against the Indians. To make room on the roster, fellow starter Paul Blackburn was placed back on the DL.

The 30-year-old Anderson has been on the shelf since mid-May with a strained shoulder. The lefty only made four starts for the A’s before going down and his results were shaky, but Oakland can use all the help it can get in a rotation that has been slammed by injuries. He’s ready to go now after three rehab appearances in the minors.

Anderson, 2018: 7.63 ERA, 15⅓ ip, 8 Ks, 6 BB, 3 HR, 5.78 FIP

For Blackburn, the diagnosis is right elbow lateral epicondylitis, better known as tennis elbow. The right-hander already missed two months this season with a strained forearm. After an abbreviated rehab stint in the minors from that first injury, he alternated good and bad MLB starts for six games with Oakland before suffering another problem with his arm. He last pitched Friday in Cleveland but got rocked in four innings.

Blackburn, 2018: 7.16 ERA, 27⅔ ip, 19 Ks, 6 BB, 2 HR, 3.56 FIP

Anderson joins Sean Manaea, Edwin Jackson, Frankie Montas, and Chris Bassitt in the current A’s rotation. Entering the day they had six starters on the DL, plus three more relevant arms out of action in Triple-A. Finally they get one back, and not a moment too soon as another went back down at the same time.

Fortunately, there should be more good news coming soon on the health front. Daniel Mengden (sprained foot) made a rehab appearance for Nashville on Friday and was sharp for most of four innings, throwing 66 pitches overall (5 Ks, 0 BB, 1 ER). He’ll start at least one more game in Triple-A before returning to Oakland, reports Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle. Meanwhile, Trevor Cahill (strained Achilles) was even better in his own rehab outing on Saturday, using 65 pitches to record four scoreless frames with a line of 7 Ks, 0 BB, 3 hits. He could be back on Thursday, according to Slusser.

Updated roster:

Oakland A's 25-man roster
Pitchers Hitters

Sean Manaea (L)
Edwin Jackson (R)
Frankie Montas (R)
Brett Anderson (L)
Chris Bassitt (R)


Blake Treinen (R)
Lou Trivino (R)
Yusmerio Petit (R)
Ryan Buchter (L)
Emilio Pagan (R)
Chris Hatcher (R)
Santiago Casilla (R)
Josh Lucas (R)

Jonathan Lucroy (R)
Josh Phegley (R)


Matt Olson (L)
Jed Lowrie (S)
Marcus Semien (R)
Matt Chapman (R)


Khris Davis (R)
Stephen Piscotty (R)
Dustin Fowler (L)
Mark Canha (R)
Chad Pinder (R)
Nick Martini (L)

10-day DL: RHP Daniel Mengden (foot), RHP Trevor Cahill (Achilles), RHP Paul Blackburn (elbow), RHP Daniel Gossett (elbow), RHP Andrew Triggs (triceps), OF Matt Joyce (back)

60-day DL: RHP Jharel Cotton (TJS), OF Boog Powell (knee)