Oakland Athletics Get Good News on LHP Brett Anderson

Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIIJune 14, 2011

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 5: Brett Anderson #49 of the Oakland Athletics throws against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on June 5, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The Oakland A’s might stink on the field, but off the field, the A’s are two-for-two playing the unluckiest game there is—Dr. James Andrews Poker.

More often than not, when a pitcher sits down at the poker table with Dr. James Andrews, Andrews is always holding a pair of aces. On the river, he hits another ace. The pitcher is toast.

The cost of losing a hand of poker to Dr. James Andrews? Tommy John surgery and 15 to 18 months of your career.

But the A’s have played poker with Andrews twice this year and both times have come away as winners.

Closer Andrew Bailey went to see Andrews back in March and all he needed was some rest. After missing all of April and most of May, Bailey is back pitching with the A’s.

LHP Brett Anderson went to visit Dr. Andrews on Monday and, according to ESPN.com’s Buster Olney via Brett Anderson" target="_blank">Twitter, Andrews advised that Anderson rehab for six weeks. That sound you just heard was the sigh of relief the Oakland organization just let out.

Anderson will be reevaluated in six weeks, but it’s possible he could return to the A’s after the All-Star break. Anderson was 3-6 with a 4.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 6.6 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 in 13 starts.