CHICAGO -- The countdown to lefty Brett Anderson's return appears close to entering single digits.
Oakland's rehabbing hurler, who pitched six shutout innings for Triple-A Sacramento on Friday, is slated to make just one more start with the River Cats, before the A's begin forging a plan to get the southpaw back in their already crowded rotation.
That time could even come sooner, should the A's need Anderson before then -- a possibility if righty Brandon McCarthy doesn't recover well enough from his Friday start to go on turn another time through the rotation. For now, though, the plan is for McCarthy to pitch Tuesday or Wednesday.
"We'll see what transpires between now and his next time out, but there is a pretty decent chance Brett will pitch one more game down there," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We probably want to target at least 100 pitches, and we feel like he can get there next time."
Anderson threw 80 pitches on Friday, of which 47 were strikes, and allowed just three hits with four strikeouts and one walk in Oklahoma City. His last big league start came June 5 of last year before he underwent Tommy John surgery.