OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Brett Anderson could hardly be happier about returning to the postseason, even if it’s in a much different role than he’s accustomed to with the Oakland Athletics.
Nearly a year after starting Game 3 of the 2012 division series, and six months after getting the ball on opening day, Anderson will be in the bullpen when Oakland hosts the Detroit Tigers in the AL playoffs beginning Friday.
It’s not a brand-new job for him.
The left-hander has been pitching in relief for the AL West champions since returning from the disabled list in late August after missing more than four months with a sprained ankle and stress fracture in his right foot. With the A’s hoping to make a deep run in the postseason, Anderson is content taking another shot at a World Series ring no matter what his role.