After already losing Bartolo Colon and Brandon McCarthy for the season, the Oakland A's appear as if they will be without their one remaining non-rookie starter the rest of the way.
Left-hander Brett Anderson left Wednesday's 6-2 loss at Detroit in the third inning with a right oblique strain. The injury generally requires several weeks of recovery time for pitchers, but it's unclear how severe Anderson's strain is.
Anderson got an MRI late Wednesday night, but the results won't be available until Thursday. He told reporters when he returned to the stadium after midnight that he never has had an oblique strain before so he's not sure what to expect.
"It didn't feel great toward the end," he said.
Anderson entered the night 4-1 with a 1.93 ERA since coming off the disabled list last month, and he gave up three runs in his 2 1/3 innings Wednesday.
Anderson fell down on his followthrough during a 2-2 pitch to Delmon Young in the third inning; he also had had to come off the mound twice to try to field back-to-back bunt base hits by Andy Dirks and Gerald Laird to start the inning.
He said the injury did not occur on a specific play or a pitch; he first noticed some tightness in the second inning and thought it was a cramp, but it just got progressively worse from there.
Anderson had been scheduled for two more regular-season starts, one at Texas on Monday and another at home against Seattle, and he was lined up to start the team's first postseason game. Dan Straily, bumped from his Saturday start at Yankee Stadium by Travis Blackley, would start Monday if need be.
Fourteen months ago, Anderson underwent Tommy John surgery, which cost him most of this season.