Melvin confident Anderson will start Wednesday

Melvin confident Anderson will start Wednesday

ST. PETERSBURG -- Left-hander Brett Anderson threw what Bob Melvin described as "a very aggressive side" before Sunday's game against the Rays, leaving the A's manager with "a good feeling he will be able to pitch Wednesday."

The A's were worried that Anderson, who left Friday night's loss to the Rays after the first inning because of a sprained right ankle, might have to miss his next start.

"We made him go after it like he was in an actual game," Melvin said after Sunday's bullpen session. "And he felt nothing.

"We pushed him through the rigors today. Now we just have to wait and see how he feels tomorrow."

Just in case a problem arises, however, Dan Straily will probably be held out of his scheduled start for Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday. Should there be a setback Monday with Anderson's ankle, Straily would likely be the pitcher called up to replace him.

Anderson, 1-3, has allowed 11 runs in his past 4 2/3 innings and his ERA has jumped to 5.95.

Jim Hawkins is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.