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Oakland Athletics lose second pitcher in three days to injury as Brett Anderson goes on DL

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Oakland Athletics starter Brett Anderson delivers a pitch against the Texas Rangers on August 21, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Two days after starter Sean Manaea — who hadn’t missed a start all season — went to the disabled list with left shoulder impingement, the Oakland Athletics lost another lefty in Brett Anderson.

Following Anderson’s abbreviated outing against the first-place HoustonAstros on Monday, the 30-year old starter was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left elbow strain. In a companion move, the A’s recalled right-handed reliever Ryan Dull from Triple-A Nashville.

Every member of the Oakland starting rotation — as constituted during spring training — has now spent time on the disabled list. The A’s have started 13 different pitchers over the course of the season, and will start Edwin Jackson on Tuesday against the Astros’ Charlie Morton in Houston.

The litany of injuries began when Jharel Cotton went on the 60-day disabled list on March 19 due to Tommy John surgery. A week later, Paul Blackburn went on the 10-day DL with a strained right forearm, after which he was transferred to the 60-day DL. On March 29, A.J. Puk — who was expected to contribute this year — was recommended for Tommy John surgery. Anderson went on the DL in May, and Trevor Cahill headed there in June.

Oakland has now used the disabled list 25 times this season, including 11 times for starting pitchers.

Anderson’s Monday start was one of his worst of the season. His second start back in an A’s uniform since 2013 was a disaster, as he allowed nine runs — seven earned — on 10 hits in three innings. Two starts later, he lasted just one inning against Toronto on May 18, but was removed with a strained left shoulder.

After he returned from the disabled list, Anderson went 3-1 with a 2.11 ERA, until Monday. Against the Astros, Anderson allowed five runs on seven hits in 2 2/3 innings in an 11-4 loss. He had allowed just two runs in 26 2/3 innings over the previous four starts, and on the year, he is 3-4 with a 4.02 ERA overall in 13 starts.

Dull joins the A’s for the fifth time this year, and has a 5.89 ERA and a .296 opponents batting average in 21 relief appearances. He was most recently with the team from July 30 to Aut. 6, facing just one batter in one appearance on July 30 against the Blue Jays.

With Triple-A Nashville, Dull was 3-2 with a 3.76 ERA in 22 relief appearances, with a .280 opponents batting average. After his most recent option, he pitched five times, allowing five runs on 10 hits in seven innings.

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